The "Basket" Lesson - Contentment

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

Last Sunday I attended a Banquet put on by a Pregnancy Resource Center. We had the opportunity to place tickets in bags for a raffle for a number of gift packages and baskets. I set my eyes on a few that had just the items I wanted...Inspirational books, healthy foods, essential oils etc. I placed only one ticket in the basket that I was least interested in, Disney soft toys. When the draw was being done my heart sank as all the beautiful baskets passed me by, I lost interest, but finally my number was called for the Disney basket. It was huge and the basket itself was beautiful, but just imagine my disappointment when I reached home and realized it had only four items and none of them was of interest to me. All I could think of was those other lovely baskets. However the Lord reminded me of the blog I wrote earlier that day....the prayerful, thankful and peaceful life. Where was my attitude of gratitude? that focuses on 'what I have' instead of 'what I have not'. Today's passage for reflection is about contentment. Philippians 4: 10-13, Paul says "...I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content...Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need." vs 11,12. Then Paul makes the often repeated declaration: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" vs. 13. Do we ever associate this verse with the very difficult attribute of 'contentment'? So next time you are tempted to complain or be disappointed about what you 'have not' remember Christ gives you strength' Just say "Thank you Lord for what I have" and name those things and situations even the ones you don't like, A we say contentment! Next week... more lessons from the basket.

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