Have you had your Joy Juice today? At birthday time, we often hear: “Blow out your candles and make a wish!”
Do you think that if all our wishes came true, we’d be joyful? We may, indeed, be happy……for a while. But chances are, instead of being content, we’d soon find something else to desire.
One dictionary defines contentment as “the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are.” Today it is rare that we find anyone who is truly content with his or her condition in life. The Bible has a great deal to say about contentment—being satisfied with what we have, who we are, and where we’re going. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25). In essence, Jesus is telling us to be content with what we have.*
The apostle Paul is a great role model for us. He truly knew the secret of contentment. He said: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13). Paul’s “secret” can be ours: KNOWING CHRIST can be our personal strength.
Let’s pray for a double portion of contentment and joy.