“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” Phillipians 4: 12
Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”
― Steve Maraboli,
What is it about when we hear about other’s trials, problems and losses – it helps us to put things in a better perspective? Let’s be honest – its easy to think we are going through “hard times”, maybe get filled the thoughts of “why me”. But when we “get out of our situation” and look around; we actually have what we need at that time.
When I think of Paul and the circumstances he went through to live his life for Christ, it helps me put my situation in a better perspective – to say the least! 🙂
Paul maintained this Christ-centered faith during at least four years of suffering as a prisoner of the Roman government, first in Caesarea and then in Rome, possibly in other places as well. During his imprisonment, Paul wrote four letters that survive in our New Testament. They are Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon. Paul’s prison life, admittedly, was less than ideal. However, that is not the issue for the apostle Paul. He learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Can we change our perspective and have peace instead of focusing on the problem? Prayer definitely helps. Practicing thankfulness daily can help. Focusing on blessings rather than problems, though difficult, is what we can strive for to have peace through uncertaintity.
Father God – Thank you so much for the daily blessings that we take for granted. Please give us peace and joy through any circumstance that we may find ourselves in – knowing that You are in ultimate control. Help us to “do our part” in finding peace; despite the problems. Thank you for constant encouragement through the Holy Spirit. Amen.