“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 give me strength.” — Philippias 4:12-13
I wrestle with God a lot around this time of year. The topic of our intense times of fellowship usually centers around holiday perspective. I might find the whole Black-Friday-Cyber-Monday shopping experience frustrating, but why such a pain for me or you, but not for the rest of the shopper-crazed world?
The real secret? Perspective. You see, everyone’s reasons may not add up to suit my bullet points:
And then conviction sets in and I wrestle with my attitude. Though people feel entitled to enjoy the extravagance, I don’t have to engage my emotions in the exchange. I need to ask myself some tough questions…
Questions to ponder as I learn contentment in all its forms. We often hear “Jesus is the reason for the season,” but however He comes packaged, may He come beautifully wrapped in perspective.