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Philippians 4:12b – I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want. (TLB)
Once again, I was awakened by a loud, contented purring close to my ear. My old cat Ginger was at it again. Well advanced in age, he finds it difficult, due to his old teeth, to chew dry food anymore. Climbing and jumping are becoming more and more difficult. The cold northern winters cause him to vie with the dogs for the chair closest to the woodstove. His coat is sometimes mangy-looking, as cleaning himself has also become a major task. Nevertheless, he is content, day in and day out.
As I lay in the darkness listening to his rhythmical purr, I was reminded of the Apostle Paul's words concerning contentment in every situation. Often, I must admit I struggle to purr inwardly with contentment when my outward situation is difficult, unpleasant, unwanted, or just plain hard. I allow life to get the better of me when it comes to my attitude. I secretly want life to be perfect all the time.
Such perfection, however, is not to be found on this earth. Having a perfectly contented spirit, however, is attainable — if we remember and embrace by faith Paul's words: "for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power." (Philippians 4:13 TLB)
Prayer: Most wonderful heavenly Father and Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Word, the holy Scriptures. Thank You that Your Word is true and wise and living, allowing us to embrace it and apply it to our own circumstances day by day. We love You; may we always be content with the pathways in which You lead us day by day. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.