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I don’t think of myself as a discontented person, or as an envious one, but sometimes I catch myself hankering after something that can’t be or after something I don’t have, like…
I wish my writing ministry had started earlier, or I wish my writing platform was bigger like so-and-so’s…
and then I realize I am being foolish and vain, and that such thoughts are counterproductive.
I need to be content with my life and content with what I can do for the glory of God.
Paul wrote the words I’ve quoted above from a dungeon. He suffered many trials and tribulations. We couldn’t imagine the horrors, yet he wrote that he’d learned to be content. Paul tells us what he had suffered in his letter to the Corinthians.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11: 25-28 NIV
In light of all he suffered, I am astonished by his faith, perseverance, and usefulness to the Kingdom of God.
St. Francis de Sales wrote: “Great deeds may not always come our way, but at all times we can do little deeds with perfection, that is, with great love.”