The Power of Contentment

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.

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One thought on “The Power of Contentment

  1. Keith, another winner. As I mentioned the other day, I have been posting on this blog and that blog, very little of it having to do with candidates, and more of it having to do with issues, (which seem to attach themselves to candidates, and I’m fairly transparent about which one I choose to support), and through most of it, this thought didn’t occur to me. I was posting in a way to TRY to be gracious to people who are OBVIOUSLY TOO STUPID TO SEE WHAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR NOSE, you know, and not trying to get into any SCREAMING matches, while still positing my well-thought-out and reasonable position statements, which are, of course, aimed at demostrating to ANY HALF-WIT who takes the time to think them through why they are the ONLY positions a thinking person can come to, and of course, I know that God is in control no matter who wins and all of that and…..

    The elegance of the simple exercise in contentment is a good picture of grace, I think. You make the most out of what may appear to you to be a bad situation. Just as Christ makes a good situation out of what we KNOW to be a bad situation, just by doing it.

    don

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