Simply Content (4 October 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. Christ gives me the strength to face anything.

(Philippians 4.11-13)

Reflect: 

Paul is grateful to the church at Philippi for some recent gifts brought to him whilst in prison. He has known wealth and poverty, what it is like to be full and to be hungry, and it has been a hungry time. But for Paul it is not the external realities, but the inner knowledge of Christ, that brings him ultimate contentment. Simplicity is so counter-cultural. In our consumerist society we are conditioned by thoughts of acquiring more stuff to keep us happy. In Christ, we find joy whatever our circumstances.

Respond: 

Reflect on what it might mean to be ‘satisfied with whatever I have’. When you consider your next purchase, think about the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need.’

 

Midday Meditation:

“You must arrange to live with deep contentment, joy, and confidence in your everyday experience of life with God.”  

(Dallas Willard)

Evening Reflection:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

 (Horatio G. Spafford It Is Well With My Soul)

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