"When you're thankful, you see that there's so many people who have less so many people who would give it all."
- Why is discontentment such a joy stealer?
- What is the hardest area of your life to be content in?
- How does drawing closer to the heart of God make contentment more real to you personally today?
00:13 Do you always want to know what the favorite is? Well, this verse at the end today is the favorite of more probably of the Kanakuk kids that I work with than any other here at sports camps. And here we go. It's in Philippians chapter 4 verses 9-14 and it says: "the things you've learned and heard and seen in me, practice these things and the god of peace will be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last, you've revived your concern for me. Not you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I've learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means. I also know how to live in prosperity, but in each and every circumstance I've learned the secret of being filled and going hungry both in having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
01:09 What is he talking about that? I think he's talking about contentment. There's an old tale of the old Texas rancher who once said, "I don't want much land. I just want everything that joins me." Being from Texas, I can understand that. During a professional basketball strike, I remember years ago an athlete who had signed a contract for over $106 million said "the problem with the NBA is the owners are just too greedy." I know a beautiful young lady who won a huge national beauty pageant. Her boyfriend would criticize her looks because he said she had features that weren't perfect enough. Are you kidding me? Every year, thousands of very, very thin American girls literally starve themselves into sickness and many into death because they just can't get skinny enough.
02:06 Contentment is being happy with whatever we're given. Finding peace with the body that God gave us, finding joy in our circumstances, being content with our looks, finding comfort in our level of wealth or poverty. It's a state of mind that can only be found if we're truly relying on God as our source of happiness and fulfillment. You can't get rich enough. There's always somebody with more. You can't get beautiful enough. There's always somebody who has prettier features. There's always a hotter car, a faster horse, bigger biceps, more popularity. So what's the key to that perplexing problem that just seems to plague everybody in our nation? To put it simply, I believe it's an attitude of gratitude, that is, being thankful for what we have every day. When you're thankful, you see that there's so many people who have less so many people who would give it all.
03:08 Give it all to be as blessed as you are. Would you say to yourself today, "I'm going to be like, Paul. I'm going to be content in whatever circumstances I am in. If you can practice that attitude every day, your anxiety level will diminish. Your smile will increase as quickly as you can change your mind. Does that mean stop competing? Does that mean stop trying? Does that mean stop improving? No. Not at all. But it means being content in whatever level of improvement you're in. Here's the questions today. Why is discontentment such a joy stealer? And secondly: What is the hardest area of your life to be content in? And then this is a good one. How does drawing closer to the heart of God make contentment more real to you personally today? And here's our lifeline for the day. I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.