I know a secret….
it’s one I want to spread
to anyone reading this
Paul shared what he had learned
and I listened
for I myself needed what this secret offered
and all of us do
It’s a secret
about how to be content
and not just content when things are pleasant
but content in any circumstance
How can that be when I’m not happy?
When things are not going as planned?
When I suffer and I don’t know why?
All is stripped away?…
How can I be content
when important things
keep me happy
enable me to do what I do things
are stripped away
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
I said it
The secret is out
and it has been
since Paul penned those words so long ago
and it was known in the hearts of many of his predecessors
Joseph in a prison
David on the run
Ruth in a foreign land
Hosea with a wayward wife
Noah on a rockin’ boat
Moses with an overwhelming job
Esther in a palace of pressure
Jonathan with relatives closed to truth
Abraham never able to settle down
Isaac with work piled high
Jonah with a task unbelievable
and the list goes on
and the stories go
that each one came to find
that trusting God
and following God
and surrendering to God
is where you find contentment
in the messes
and the inconveniences
and the hardships
and we each have our head-kept lists
of why discontentment is an option
and then we remember the secret
to being content
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.
– Susie Stewart
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 all this through Him who gives me strength.
– Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.
– 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 (NLT)
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9,10 (NLT)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
– Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
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