Philippians 4

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Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

– Philippians 4:11-13

It’s a question we ask nearly every group returning from a short-term mission trip, and there’s one response we’re almost always sure to receive.

“What stuck out to you the most?”

“I was so blown away by how happy they were. I mean, they hardly have anything, and yet they happy.”

In my experience (and observation) it’s more difficult to be content (i.e. satisfied) when you have much and abound, than when you have little and suffer need. So often those that have so little have more contentment and joy than those that are full.

Contentment is a learned trait. And by Christ’s enabling strength we can learn to be content, even when we abound.

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