We chase dreams. “If only I had more money (or a bigger house, or a better truck, or a different job, or finer clothes) then I would be content.” But, we still won’t be satisfied because our natural bent as human beings is a never-ending quest for more.
Contrast this with the mindset of the Apostle Paul. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13)
Consider Paul’s situation as he wrote these words. He was in prison. Chained and restricted in a dank cell, he was unable to travel and minister freely. He was sick. A chronic illness kept him in relentless pain. Many of his Christian friends and brothers had abandoned him.
But there was no self-pity in Paul’s attitude. His confidence was in Christ’s control and Christ’s strength. Paul said, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:9).
Can we say the same?