The Secret of Being Content

Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift — a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen. Max’s message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been on staff since 1988. He preaches and writes to... Read More

Count your blessings! Focus more on what you have and less on what you don’t! The apostle Paul modeled gratitude. He said, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. . .I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. . . I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV).

The circumstances of Paul’s life in jail were miserable. Yet with shackles dangling from his wrists, he announced, “I have learned the secret of being content.” He doesn’t say, I have learned the principle or I have learned the concept. He says, “I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need” (v.12 HCSB). Paul focused on eternal life, the love of God, and the forgiveness of sins. What he had in Christ was far greater than what he didn’t have in life!

Count your blessings and focus more on what you have and less on what you don’t!