11 Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
When I scroll by the reality shows of the rich and famous (or the people who want to be famous) on my flatscreen TV, wishing that I was watching on the larger flatscreen that I saw at the store the other day, I need to stop and listen to Paul’s words to the Philippians.
Paul knew what it was to have little (I’ve been there) and to have plenty (been there, too) and he had come to the point in his relationship with God through Jesus Christ that he was able to say
I have learned to be content with whatever I have.
This year, can we grow so close to God that we know what true contentment is? I think we can.
God, in Jesus Christ You sealed my relationship to You. Whether I turn out rich or poor, my soul is filled knowing that I am a claimed, saved, loved, child of God. Thanks for freeing me like you do like the birds of the air. Let my contented song rise to You from where I am. Amen.