The Secret of Life….Contentment

For this weeks blog hop I chose the topic:  How did God speak to you through Chapter 10?  Did it help you understand something that happened in the past or maybe help equip you for the future?

Oh my gosh I LOVED Chapter 10!  I went highlight bananas on it.

That chapter verse is so very critical to remember.   “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot.  In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content – whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need, I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:11-13.  Yes please.

I love it when God highlights a spiritual secret for me in our spiritual treasure map.  And it does remind me of a past time about 18 years ago when I was all kinds of poor (an income of $300.00/month and maybe $150.00/month in food stamps).  Supporting myself and 2 small children while going through a divorce that I never expected to be going through.  It was absolutely difficult financially.  But, myself and several other single moms on the block (in government housing known as “the projects”) would get together each week and play cards, laugh, and share snacks while our kids played in the next room.  You did not know if you would have diapers next week, but you could be content that day and make the most out of what you had.  Which always reminds me of “don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matt 6:34.

It seems like sometimes we rob ourselves of being content today because we are planning next week, next month, next year, when the new president takes office, when the company moves, when our insurance goes up, when the kids get into college, and are busy preparing for every possible “what if” and negative outcome scenario.  If that’s not you, just ignore that part.  But I totally can go there in my mind.  Then I remember, Jesus said “the seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear and accept God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced”. Mark 4:18-19.

I loved the statement by Elisabeth Elliot: “The difference is Christ in me.  Not me in a different set of circumstances.” Man that’s tough food for thought.  And “ask any turf-grass specialist…The grass has the best chance of turning out Kermit-the-Frog green when it’s frequently fertilized and habitually hydrated, and when the pesky, deep-rooted, and often recurring weeds are intentionally pulled out.  There’s where you’ll discover the softest, greenest, thickest grass of all”.

And I want fruit (or in this case healthy green grass) to be produced.  No, the pruning part isn’t fun, but heck yes I want the 30, 60 or even 100 fold harvest! Which means, learning the secret of being content.  Which reminds me of the movie Facing the Giants when she says, “I will still love you Lord”.

P. S. When I went to look for that video clip on YouTube, the song playing during that clip is called “The Secret of Life”.  Very very cool :)))

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3 Responses to The Secret of Life….Contentment

  1. yeevun says:

    I cry every time I watch this part! So awesome!

  2. Katrina says:

    “Highlight bananas” I love that! That was me too 🙂 Your willingness to be so open about the details of your struggle is refreshing. It is through those details that the Lord is able to work through you and speak into others lives. Thank you!

  3. julie3344 says:

    Thanks for posting this! I can totally relate to wanting to plan ahead by days, weeks, months, and even years. Seriously, I have a to-do list that goes till the end of the year! But God only gives us strength for this day and tomorrow isn’t promised to us. I like the verse from Matthew, that we can be too often focused on worldly things to produce eternal fruit. This study has been a real pruning experience for me. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

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