WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.”
Philippians 4:12 ESV
SECRETS OF CONTENTMENT: YOUR POSITION
The Smiths were proud of their family tradition. Their ancestors had come to America on the Mayflower. Their line had included Senators, Pastors, and Wall Street wizards. Now they decided to compile a family history, a legacy for the children. They hired a well-known author. Only one problem arose: how to handle that great-uncle George who was executed in the electric chair. But the author said not to worry, he could handle that section of history tactfully. When the book appeared, the family turned to the section on Uncle George. There, they read “George Smith occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important government institution, was attached to his position by the strongest of ties, and his death came as a real shock.”
We all have parts of our past and or present that we are not proud of. There have been times when we have been at the top of the game and times when we have felt lost in the crowd. Paul had been one of the most influential Jewish leaders of his day. Now he is chained to a guard in a Roman prison. As he wrote to the Philippians, he wanted them to know that contentment had very little to do with their position in life.
Someone has said, “We need to realize that contentment is predicated on being completely present in the present. Discontent comes from focusing on what might have been or on what could be. Contentment comes when we look for that which is enjoyable in the present. We will become content as we enjoy each day for what it is rather than moan about what we imagine it could have been.” Instead of moaning about the fact that you don’t live in a bigger home, have fun with your current home. Instead of moaning about how active your children are, enjoy being able to share those times with them. Don’t miss the joy of the present by whining about what might have been. Instead of staying awake dreaming about that new car, enjoy the fact that the present one is paid for. Instead of yearning for the “new and improved” celebrate the fact that the “old and deficient” does the job. Stop looking beyond the moment and enjoy the moment!
Do you know how to be “lowly?” How do you feel when someone gets “picked” instead of you? Or when someone gets promoted instead of you? Instead of only asking God to change your current position, ask God to change YOU right where you are until He decides to change your position.