“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:11-13

I once met a young man visiting from another country whose greatest desire on his big trip abroad was to ride a double decker bus. He had a great physical and mental disability which resulted in his repeating himself over and again with great excitement. The result was that he asked me and his caregiver countless times if he would be able to ride a double decker bus. He was so thrilled with the prospect of riding a double decker bus that he was overflowing with joy and excitement.

He was thoroughly content with even just the possibility of riding such a bus. His life’s challenges were exceeding, he would never live a typical life on this earth, his life span doctors said would likely be shorter because of his diagnosis, but oh how wonderfully happy and thankful that young man was when he thought of the double decker bus!

Friend, if only we who love the Lord Jesus Christ would learn to be content with whatever He has given us, no matter our challenges, no matter our circumstances, no matter how our lives compare with the lives of others, no matter what we face. If only we would be joyful and thrilled and excited and thankful  on a regular basis. Not at the prospect of a double decker bus, but at the amazing truth that all who turn from their sins, believe in Jesus as Lord who died to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways, are forgiven and given forever life with the Lord!

The apostle Paul, facing unbelievably hard challenges regularly as he devoted his life utterly to God and telling the world about Him learned to be content no matter what.

I have such a long way to go. How about you?

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