I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12-13)
We live in a world where our desires are constantly being pulled in different ways. Society does not leave any room for us to be content with our lives. This hinders us from being grateful for what we have and where we are in life. I would also suggest that it hinders us from being grateful for what we don’t have and where we aren’t.
1 John 2:16 says, “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” Because society is always changing, we crave for things to be bigger, faster, and better. We crave for more and are never satisfied with what we have.
Philippians 4: 11 says, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” Contentment is being satisfied or at ease in your circumstances, body, and mind.
This tells me that being “at ease” means that I am not stressed, worried or overthinking all the possibilities in my mind. I am not trying to make a way for myself, but I am allowing God to be God. I am trusting in His provision for my life. Whether I have $-15 or $10,000 in my account, an empty refrigerator or a full refrigerator, Goodwill clothes or Gucci clothes, one friend or 10 friends; I am believing that my creator will take care of me.
Gratitude flows from a humble heart that acknowledges God’s provision for your life.