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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 17, 2012 - Contentment

By Doug Clay

I’ve got a secret. Actually, it’s not original with me, but I’m dying to share it with you. It’s this … contentment is learned behavior.

Paul said in his epistle to the Philippians that he “learned the secret of being content” (4:12, NIV).

Paul was a missionary. He was supported by people and churches like the Philippian church, but at the time of writing this epistle the support had dropped. They were not funding him like they did when he was in Thessalonica. His response to their cutback is a great model of what it means to live and be content.

“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it” (Philippians 4:10).

Paul didn’t blame the Philippians, or put them on a guilt trip with a letter laced with accusation. He gave them the benefit of the doubt. He said, “You have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.” How cool. What an example.

When contentment rules your emotions and you give others the benefit of the doubt, it keeps you from being bombarded with a lot of negative feelings. Contentment can …

Keep you from having a pity party.

Keep you from assuming the worst.

Keep you from developing bitterness.

Keep you from saying things you will wish you had not said.

John Balguy says, “Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.”

Be content … and make it a great day!

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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