[content or not content: that is the question]

[content or not content: that is the question]

I keep thinking that my life is too good. I am thankful to God for all the blessings, yet I sometimes wonder why am I so blessed? What I mean is… is it just that I try not to focus on the bad stuff and grin when the good things happen? Is it because I deliberately choose to view my glass of water half-full and not half-empty? Or something is wrong?

I guess I am not one of those people who are content with their life and content about being content. I am not refuting Paul’s statement about “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have” (Philippians 4:11, NLT). What I am saying is that I am trying to constantly improve myself, my relationships with God and people… There is always something that can be changed or done better.

And when there seems to be nothing to change or improve, I get worried.

Another thing… I keep getting these updates about the persecuted Church all around the world. Over here, everything is strangely calm and that also worries me. We have grown content and lazy. There’s no risk in being a Christian and it loses its value. Maybe I am weird, but I kind of tempted to pray for persecution. It makes you re-evaluate what you believe in, why you believe it, to truly BELIEVE it… However, there are subtle persecutions, or temptations – to become simply content with where we are and take a break on the journey.

God, give me strength to walk on. The grass will indeed be greener on the other side of the hill, but I need to get there first. Don’t let me be simply content with the grass on this side of the hill, even though I am thankful for it.

  • Good stuff…

    By the way, I think that Phil 4:11-4:12 are the most underused verses in the Word. Everyone speaks about 4:13, which is great, but I think that the verses prior really show Paul's heart and serve as an example for ours.

    • i love Philippians as a whole… if there's one book in the Bible that i love the most, it's Philippians… And no matter how many times i read / hear it, it amazes me that Paul wrote THIS from a prison… It puts quite a perspective on his words "I have learned to be content in any situations."

  • Just answered my question from another post. You are in your home country. Does seem strange that we would pray for persecution doesn't it? But as you stated: easy to get lazy when we have it easy. I sometimes wonder if America is like that.

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