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 everything through him who gives me strength.
We all struggle to be content in our circumstances in life. In order for you to be content with where you are in life there is one key factor you must keep in mind—contentment is a learned behavior. In our human flesh, we will always struggle and yearn for more: more money, more material things, better status, more time for ourselves, more of everything. Contentment is hard to find and when you realize it is a choice that you have to make—that it will not come naturally to you, you have just made your first step towards that goal. Paul says in Philippians, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” How do we learn to be content?
When we were first married, we did not have any furniture or any money with which to decorate our apartment. I can remember how I just wanted pictures on the walls. Not a photo frame, which I had, but I wanted a “real” picture. I would go to a doctor's office or out to eat and look at their artwork and think to myself, “I want that picture on my wall.” Now I look back and think how silly I was wishing for artwork from a doctor’s office, instead of just enjoying my time with Greg. At that point in my life, I had it made and didn't even realize it! We did not have any children then, and we really didn't have too many responsibilities. However, instead of being content, I kept dreaming of the “what if’s”. Ladies, the “what if’s” will kill you every single time!
The key to being content is to trust in Christ and his strength. Allow Christ to live through you and keep your eyes focused on God and not the “things” of this world. I understand how hard this concept is. I get it! I am a dreamer by nature. I love to live in the “what if” world. I love to think, “if only we had this ________, then life would so much easier!” But, take it from my experience that living in the “what if” world will not take you to a happy place, it will only bring discouragement and negative feelings. If you are not careful, that discouragement and those negative feelings will tear down your marriage and family life.