A Great Lesson to Learn . . .
What are some great lessons of life? Ben Franklin is giving credit for saying "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." "Eat less and exercise more" are great words too. I think every doctor is trained to say that the first week of medical school.
In Philippians 4:11 (NIV) God through Paul says, "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content." Here is Paul, an older, very well educated man. He was well traveled and extremely cultured. He had been very blessed in life and had suffered a lot too. But he says, "I have learned to be content" no matter what is going on around me . . . and even to me.
To be content means to be satisfied, to be undisturbed, at peace. Don't you long for this? We medicate with alcohol, food, illegal drugs, and legal drugs to get inner relief. None of that brings lasting contentment. Paul says he learned how to be content, and he learned it from his relationship with Jesus. How he learned is still available to you and to me.
First, surrender your life to Christ. Do it for the first time . . . if you never have and do it daily if you have in the past. Live for and under Christ. Then don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. Focus your thoughts on the positive, on God, and all the good things you can dwell on. And keep doing these things daily for the rest of your life.
This remedy for contentment is simple, but it is not easy. But staying on this path is not only right; it is the way to a peaceful, satisfied life of contentment. That is a good lesson to learn!
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Author, Bible Prayer Book--"BECOMING A PERSON of PRAYER"
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