Philippians 4:11 says:
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
The translation that is fast becoming my favorite says it this way: …Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
I’ve thought of this a lot lately. Because I find myself very often NOT content. I don’t like the cold weather. The snow makes things difficult when I have to take 3 girls out. My sewing/computer/school/craft room is not as warm as I would like. And the list could go on and on and on. But then I come back to “whatever situation”. I think that means even when I’m cold. Even when the weather isn’t what I would have ordered. Even when I don’t like the temperature in the room I’m trying to work in.
So…instead of complaining I’m trying to think of the blessings and the positives instead. I still fail plenty of times. And then God gently whispers Philippians 4:11 to me and I have to stop and rethink. Yes, I will be very thankful when it warms up. Yes, my days are usually better when the sun shines. Yes, I still complain some, but I’m working on it! I’ll never be perfect but HE is and with His help I CAN be content whatever my situation. (even when it’s cold and windy!!)