I have the most wonderful mother on earth. She is much loved and appreciated by many people. I think my mom is well loved because of her gentle spirit and her ready smile. However, one of the other reasons she has endeared herself to her friends and family is because of her joyful and contented heart. She is as happy eating a sumptuous roast dinner with special guests as she is eating a slice of toast with a ‘nobody.’ Don’t get me wrong on this! My mom would never consider that any human being was a ‘nobody.’ But, I think you get my point! No matter how insignificant a person may appear to others, my mom is no respecter of persons. Her gratitude quotient is exceptional. However small the gift, or the deed performed for my mom, she always acknowledges it with a warm smile and a grateful heart. Who wouldn’t love a mom like that?
Philippians 4: 11 says, “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” I find it interesting that Paul “learned” contentment. We have a tendency to think that certain people are born with a disposition that is prone toward gratitude or contentment. However, Paul says that he “learned” to be content. In other words, Paul disciplined himself to be contented. Whether he was eating bread or steak, he was happy. I am sure Paul was not always like this, but through self-discipline he learned contentment.
Paul influenced other people by the way he lived his life. My mom has deeply impacted my life. I don’t know about you, but I want to be a contented person. Not only for my own personal well-being, but so that other people will be impacted by my life.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,