You know those people who are just happy, bubbly all-the-time people?  Yah.  That is not me.  I tend to be an even-keel kind of person.  Conservative with my emotions, you might say…except when I am twirked, especially at my boys.  Then you are likely to see some downright fireworks!  Not really something to be proud of, but I am a sinful human.  And I do recognize that as an area I need to work on.  Anyway!

I can also tend to ride on the edge of depression.  I know.  I bet you never would guess that by reading any of my previous posts.  But it is true.  For some reason the contentment that Paul speaks of in Philippians tends to elude me.  I am not really a covetous person.  I don’t very often look at what other people have and think, oh, I have got to have that!  I am pretty content with what I have.  I don’t have a fancy house, car, boat, camper, etc., etc.  And I am totally okay with that.  I think my lack of contentment tends to be more situational.  My garden isn’t doing as well as I’d like.  My boys don’t behave as well as I would like (probably not alone on that one).  My job is not as enthralling as some people’s (shhh, don’t tell my boss!).  Those types of things.  So I live my life just a tad on the down side.  I can laugh and have a good time.  I love to tell a good story that can get a laugh out of someone.  But most of the time, I really am just ho-hum.

I realized this morning that more than mild depression, what I am really guilty of is not being content with where God has placed me in life.  I needed to confess my lack of contentment.  But then I thought, how do become content?  I went to the place that has the answers, and wouldn’t you know it, I found it…the answer to being content.  Check it out.  It is easy peasy!

Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV) – Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content [here come the “states”…see the colon]:  I know how to be abased [humbled], and I know how to abound [be honored].  Everywhere and in all good things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both abound [have plenty] and to suffer need.  [Here it is.]  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me [even be content, no matter what].

Here is the breakdown of the paragraph.  This is what I have learned…to be content.  These are the situations in which I am content…humbled or honored, hungry or full, wealthy or poor.  This is HOW I am content…through the strength that Christ gives to me.

How can we find contentment?  Easy.  Ask Christ for the strength to be content in all things.  That’s it.  Then enjoy the peace and fullness of life that God intends for us to have.