I am not stronger because I don’t have any problems. I am stronger because of my problems. As I walk day by day, and do the best that I can with what God has given me, I get stronger everyday, because I know that God will help me walk through them. I no longer avoid problems. I embrace them, and I ask myself, “What is God trying to teach me?”
If I don’t learn my lessons them I am doomed to have to go through them again. I reached the stage in my life, to where I got sick and tired of suffering my consequences of my selfish decisions.
I like what St. Paul said, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content.” That does not mean that I do it perfect, just that I do my best.
People have told me all my life that I was so strong. I guess the more trials and tribulations that I go through, the stronger I am. I know some people who have had problems, and they have given up and whined about what everyone else is doing to them, or not doing for them. I guess you could say, that one the best lessons that I have learned is not to place “expectations” on others, and then they cannot fail me.
I believe that I am strong because of my faith, and my stubbornness that I have been chided about all my life. I refuse to give up!
“Don’t give up five minutes before the miracle.” ~~~source: AA
“Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually.”~~~1 Chronicles 16:11
“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Phil 4:11-12
This is one of the most difficult things in life . . . to be content. I love what Spurgeon wrote: “These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. Paul says, “I have learned . . . to be content;” as much as to say, he did not know how at one time. It cost him some pains to attain to the mystery of that great truth. No doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down. And when at last he had attained unto it, and could say, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content,” he was an old, grey-headed man, upon the borders of the grave–a poor prisoner shut up in Nero’s dungeon at Rome.”*
It took Paul a lifetime to learn to be content. I think it’s a daily struggle to dismiss the values of our culture and search for something of greater worth. Spurgeon calls contentment a science. It is something to be acquired gradually; something to be learned. Learning is fueled by desire and discipline: a longing for the knowledge of God and the will to discover it.
“I have learned . . . to be content.”
Contentment is power–power to dismiss the opinions of people, and embrace the heart of God.