Paul wrote this when he was in prison. IN prison. I am guessing his needs were NOT being met. But he had learned to be content. Are you content? I have not been for a very long time. And I should be. The refugee crisis and the constant talk of illegal immigrants has had me considering needs vs. wants and the idea of being content. Moving has made me consider needs vs. wants and the reality of being content.
We have a lot of stuff–I needed to decide what were the needs to move. What could we get rid of? What needed to come first? We moved into a 99 year old house. The bathrooms, the number of plug-ins, the space–all very different from our 30 year old house. We moved to a town with way fewer stores and restaurants. What were needs vs. wants?
How would I look at my needs vs. wants through the eyes of Paul in prison? Through the eyes of a refugee? Through the eyes of illegal immigrants–who really are refugees also escaping horrible living conditions.
We are all looking for that same contentment. It is really just a matter of what we need to feel content–is it a place that is safe from war, fighting, crime? Is it a place that has food–not gourmet, easy to get at the drive-thru, but basic nutrition? Is it an overly large space designed to perfection, or is it just a home that is warm/cool and dry with the people we love?
I am feeling more content. I have a good home. I have the food I need, and more. Most importantly I have the ones I love near me. I have Christ.
How about you? Have you looked at your life in an attitude of contentment recently? What changes do you need to make to be more content?