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 all this through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
That last sentence is pretty familiar. I hear it used whenever someone wants to accomplish something big or coming through something hard.
As I was reading the verse before it, though, I saw it from another perspective as well. The first verse is about finding contentment in all circumstances. In plenty or in want. And the way Paul finds contentment is through Christ’s strength.
Finding contentment is hard. Being present and content in your daily life requires the strength of Christ in order to accomplish it. And Paul was saying this. It makes me feel so much better when I struggle with my own contentment. Plus, I have access to Christ’s strength.
So maybe, I can learn to be less hard on myself knowing that Jesus is there with me and willing and able to help me learn to be more content in my own life.