I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Philippians 4:10-14
Contentment ebbs and flows if there is no unchanging constant. It’s a lesson which has to be learned and, it can only be learned by the experiences of loss and gain. Though loss and disappointment take their toll, when our lives are focused on our Lord who is the Unchanging Constant, their impact is controlled. Contented people grieve. Contented people relive mistakes. Contented people struggle. The difference is how loss, regrets and difficulties impact the heart.
Happy with little, happy with much. Happy when full, happy when hungry. Happy with full hands and happy with empty hands. The Unchanging Constant is the key to this ebb and flow life.
I love the last phrase, the One who makes me who I am. I am not defined by gain or loss, success or failure, good times or bad times. I am who I am through the faithful work of the Unchanging Constant.
Lord, I am a fickle person, you know. My emotions, thoughts and plans ebb and flow as the ocean. All around me are shifting tides. But you alone remain my constant one. Thank you for being so faithfully rock-steady.