I haven’t posted a blog for a few days. I was curious. I wanted to see how the election went. I wanted to see what the reaction would be among the bloggers I enjoy reading most.
You see, a blog is the perfect place to blow off steam. You can do so anonymously, or with your name hanging right out there attached to every word you trumpet. You can crow. You can sulk. You can exult. You can berate.
None of that seems to be going on among my favorite reads. I already knew that many of them are people of extraordinary character, but they all are obviously aware of a secret that I’m still learning: there is power in being content, whatever the outcome; whatever the circumstance.
I know that when Paul writes the truths below, he’s primarily speaking of want and wealth; of hunger and satisfaction. But they’re still true beyond those contexts:
“… I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.” — Paul to the Philippians, 4:11b-13
“But godliness with contentment is great gain: for we brought nothing into the world, for neither can we carry anything out; but having food and covering we shall be therewith content.” — Paul to Timothy, I Tim. 6:6-8
Forgive my choice of the version to quote if you must.
Sometimes the poetry of it just brings me great contentment.