A recent conversation with a special person led to an important lesson about contentment.
[Steve Myers] My mom hasn’t been feeling well lately. So, I talked to her yesterday on the phone and she was a little down but she said, “I’m out of energy. I just don’t have it anymore. Just doesn’t seem I can get back to where I was.” And as we talked a little bit, she’s concerned that her energy seems to be waning. But then she said something that was kind of interesting because as we were concluding our conversation, she said, “Well, either I’m gonna get better and that would be great or maybe not. But that’s okay too.” She said. And it really struck me at that moment as she said that. Mom’s on the verge of being 90 right now and she’s at that point in her life. And we’re sure praying that she will get better and she’ll get some energy back. But she’s okay if not. And I couldn’t help but think of what Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11 Philippians 4:11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.
American King James Version×.
In Philippians 4:11 Philippians 4:11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.
American King James Version×, my mom was a living breathing example of this particular passage. This is where Paul wrote, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I’ve learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Now, here’s my mom without a whole lot of energy right now and she is a vibrant lady, she is ready to go. That’s the way she’s always been her whole life. But right now it’s kind of tough. And yet despite the fact that she doesn’t have the energy she used to, she’s okay with that. And that’s really what Paul is saying here. That whatever state, he was content. Now, it’s not something that we normally have. We don’t normally have that frame of mind. I don’t like it when I’m in a particular situation that I can’t handle or I can’t control. I don’t like that. But here Paul is saying he learned that. My mom has learned that because that’s not a normal way of thinking.
So, she’s learned that because, despite the circumstances, that’s really what Paul is talking about. It doesn’t matter what the events are that’s going on, doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, still the perspective is to be content, to be okay with the way that things are. Because ultimately, how can you be okay with the way things are? Well, the only way that’s possible is to recognize that God is there guiding and looking over your entire life. And that’s the way it is. And so when you think of Philippians 4:11 Philippians 4:11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.
American King James Version×, be content. Really appreciate my mom and the lesson, even at this age, continues to teach me.
That’s BT Daily . See you next time.