Sunday, 23 June 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK25~ Philippians 4 V13 -Contentment

Philippians 4:11
‘I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. ‘
This verse forms part of a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Philippians. It contains one of the greatest lessons and achievements in life-to be content whatever the circumstances.
This is a pretty tall order and we might be tempted to think that maybe the Apostle Paul didn’t have too tough a life- wrong! Paul did not have an easy life and was even thrown into prison because of his faith yet he always kept his goal in sight, preaching to the jailers upon his release! Most of us would have been relieved just to walk away.
Contentment comes from within, the ability to accept everything life throws at you and still give thanks and rejoice in all circumstances. When we keep our focus on our freedom and not imprisonment we too have that ability. If you really dislike your job, are having difficult family relationships or are in debt, always envision richness in your mind’s eye. This could be a new job, peaceful home or enough money to pay your bills. The thanks you give will help you to feel better and hold onto the faith that change is coming.
Acceptance of our circumstances helps us to be much happier than if we grumble and complain. The more you talk or think about things that seem unfair and upsetting, the more they grow in your mind and it becomes hard to imagine overcoming and moving forwards.
Try to find good in everything. Example:  Two Sunday’s ago my computer screen smashed and would have cost a great deal to fix. It also required a new battery. Instead of the huge expense these two items would have incurred, I bought a brand new laptop. It has 6.5 hours of battery life, Windows 8 and is a joy to use. Later, I realised that it was an answer to my concerns over the lack of battery & speed of the computer, so definitely a blessing!
Adverse circumstances usually teach us to practice our faith in a very direct way. Sometimes we need to test our faith, a bit like servicing a boiler! If life is easy we do not know how strong our faith is, instead we coast along and fail to develop to the full.
Contentment is something to practice. If you feel unhappy, check the cause and see how you can lift your mood. Joy is a great antidote to fear, anger and every form of upset. Next time life fails to go smoothly, adjust your perspective and act accordingly.
Jaz McKenzie
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