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Many people have not learned how to be content. It simply means that we need to learn how to appreciate everything God has done for us. No matter what others may have, we have to learn to appreciate what we have. We miss our blessings by trying to live up to the Joneses, never fully appreciating the blessings God has given to us. Being content allows us to be at peace, even when we are going through trials and trouble. To be content in the situations we find ourselves in is a blessing that allows us to overcome those situations. I could write a book about how we fail to recognize God’s blessings by comparing ourselves to others. To whom much is given, much is required. Never be jealous or envious of anyone else’s blessings. The scripture reference for this devotion is found in Philippians 4:11:

“Not that I was ever in need, I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”

Paul gives thanks to God for the church’s love for him. He knows they are concerned about him, but he has learned how to be content in his present situation. He has learned the secret of living with little or with much. He recognizes he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him. He has a heart of gratitude and is not complaining about his situation, but is giving God thanks for his blessings. When you get a chance, read this entire chapter, examining your life to see whether you can pass the test of what it means to be content. Stop complaining and give God praise for the things He has done, and is doing, in your life. There will be days in our lives when things will not be good, but remember the words of the song, “My good days outweigh my bad days. I won’t complain. God has been good to me!”