“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11).
We clamor for happiness. And usually happiness is dependent upon certain desires within us. A new car might make some happy. Or a new puppy. Or dress. Or house. Or mate. Happiness is a circumstantial matter. If the conditions are right we feel happy. But there is something far greater to be grasped than this.
Contentment has nothing to do with our circumstances. Paul was shivering and hungry. Yet he found contentment in his faith. He had plenty at one time. You see, our joy does not depend on the size of our bank accounts or whether our pool is larger than the neighbor’s. Be content. And thus happiness will become an ever present by-product.
Steven Clark Goad