We should underline the word Contentment and let it radiate in our hearts. Prayerfully, our spiritual journey has led us to say, “I am content,” and we no longer complain. Prayerfully, we have learned to be grateful for everything. Contentment does not mean that we are not yearning for God to give us more. It means the peace of God is in our hearts and we are not envious or jealous of anyone. We have discovered the joy of the Lord. In Philippians 4:11, we find these words:
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”
Paul is content with the state in which he finds himself. It has been a learning experience. He suffered, faced persecution and learned to handle much and lived on little. He says that he has learned the secret of contentment in all circumstances, when things were well and when things were not so well. Notice that he writes with confidence “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Verse 13). Life has taught him valuable lessons. Life has real teaching moments for us as well. Every experience is a teaching moment. Prayerfully, we have discovered the essence of life and we can say like the songwriter, “All of my good days outweigh my bad days. I won’t complain. God has been good to me.” That is truly a song of contentment.