Can you honestly say you are “content” both, inside and out?
What is “Contentment”?
Where do we find contentment?
Should fleeting environmental circumstances affect our contentment?
Should we rely on personal pleasures or perishable possessions to fuel our contentment?
Apostle Paul seems to share the answers to these questions in Chapter 4 of his letter to the congregation at Philippi.
The secret to un-wavering contentment can be found in Paul’s statement:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
The key word in this scripture is: ALWAYS. Here the word always is used to mean “completely and infinitely rely upon” the LORD (Jesus).
Just as we all made the decision to have faith in and believe upon our Lord (Jesus), we must also remember to rejoice (or find our Joy) in Him at all times. No matter the environmental or emotional circumstances that happen often and inconveniently in this earthly life.
Rejoicing (to have joy or be joyful) is not a right nor a privilege; it is a choice. I think my personal relationship with Christ is what allows me to be joyful in all circumstances; pain, and suffering included.
Some believe it is better to give than to receive. I, on the other hand, believe one must learn to receive before one can truly give. Benevolence without the ability to humbly receive from others, is merely a ploy to appear reverent in the faces of those being pleased by one’s giving. In this case, giving actually becomes an act of self-service vice selfless service. If one cannot humbly and regularly accept the position of receiver; then true giving is never achieved.
This poem by Reverend Forbes explains:
I’m a novice when it comes to receiving.
Giving has become my second expertise,
But giving alone without getting
Becomes soon a fatal disease.
If the intake valve is not opened
There’s no way to maintain a supply
There comes a point in a cycle of life
Where the out-going stream runs dry.
Straining out love from a vacuum
Is like drinking from the heart of a stone.
Try as we may, at the end of the day,
We’re exhausted, frustrated, alone.
‘Better to give than to receive’, we are taught
Yet another truth I’ve learnt just by living:
Only the soul with the grace to receive,
Excels in the fine art of giving.