Contentment?

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Today is too hot and too windy, I much prefer cooler weather. However when the weather is too cold I’m sure I will also complain. When I was in school the girls with curly hair wanted straight hair and the girls with straight hair wanted to curly hair. Why is it that we always think that something other than what we have would be better? Why is it that we always suspect that someone else got a better deal in life than we did?

When I was in primary school we were taught a poem about weather – the idea was to drum in the difference between weather and whether, but it has a good message as well:

Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not,

Whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot,

We’ll weather the weather whether we like it not.

Many times we don’t like our circumstances but we have to put up with them as there is no way out. Paul suggests that we need to learn to be content no matter what:

Philippians 4:12-13  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.  13  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

So often we let our circumstances dictate our emotions. Ho­ra­tio G. Spaf­ford was able to write the beautiful hymn “It is well with my soul” despite having lost his four daughters in a ship wreck.

 When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

So despite circumstances that may not always be to my liking today I will choose to be content because of my salvation in Christ.

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