Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation
I am to be content. I know
how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
There's an old story about an ancient king who was sad, just dissettled in his own heart, and he couldn't get things right. He could not be happy. And so one
of his advisers came in and said, "Listen, here's what you need to do. You go find one genuinely happy man, and if you exchange your shirt for his shirt, then you'll be happy as well."
And so he began to look for a genuinely happy man. He called in the priest from his village, because the priest always seemed to be happy. And the king decided
to give the priest a test. He said, "Priest, are you happy?" The priest said, "Oh, yes, I'm very, very happy." He said, "Well, would you like to be a bishop?" And the priest said, "Oh, I'd be even happier if I were a bishop." And then the king said, "Well,
you must not be genuinely happy if you really want something else."
And then he found a man who seemed to have everything. He had a family, he had a house, he had a wife, and he had a good business. He brought him in to find out
if he was happy, and he discovered that this man, who had all of these things, was worried all of the time that he would lose everything he had, and so he was not happy.
And he searched, and he searched, trying to find that happy man so that he could exchange his shirt with that happy man's shirt and then be happy.
And finally, he found a happy man. Oh, but alas, the happy man didn't have a shirt at all.
If you're not happy, if you're not content with what you have, you won't be content with what you get, because once that attitude of discontent, that attitude of
always wanting more, once that's in your heart, it never goes away, no matter what you get.
Paul had learned the secret of contentment, not that he had so much, but that he was satisfied in Christ and satisfied with what Jesus gave him.
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 05/23/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under