” Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:11-13
My family is fortunate to have everything we need (and almost everything we want.) We don’t worry about food, or medicine, or clothing. If we need something, we just go buy it. Many times I have heard people in similar situations exclaim, “We are blessed.” I disagree.
In our society, “being blessed” has become synonymous with a certain level of financial comfort. This is not biblical. In fact, if you read the meditations of Job, you see it is the exact opposite.
I am no theologian. But to me, the state of being blessed has nothing to do with our material comforts. I am blessed because I live in the presence of the Living God. I am not blessed because everything goes my way. I am blessed because my Savior is with me in the good times and the bad. I am not blessed because my carefully crafted goals and plans are working out. I am blessed because I can trust that God holds my future in His hands.
How do I teach my children this principle that is so close to my heart? How, in the environment of entitlement that I see, do I instill in my children the virtue of contentment in all circumstances? I am still working on that. But it is the desire of my heart. I don’t have all the answers. However, I will trust that God will lead me in that direction.
Forgive me when I fall into the sin of gluttony. Forgive when I continue to try and fulfill my spiritual needs with more things, instead of You. Lead me, Heavenly Father, to live a life of humility, contentment, and wealth of Spirit. Show me, Lord, how to create this lifestyle in my home, so my children will grow to value You over material things.
In the name of the Savior I pray,