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Verse 11: “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:”

There was an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants© called “Doing Time” in which SpongeBob©, attempting to again pass his boating exam, gets his long-suffering teacher, Mrs. Puff©, arrested after he causes an accident (after all, she was responsible for him). At first, she’s horrified at her situation when placed in her jail cell, but then she tries to look on the bright side of her predicament. She begins to voice the positives of her situation, such as not having to grade papers or give classes or teach SpongeBob. Then it clicks in her head: no more SpongeBob! She begins excitedly reciting all the things she doesn’t have to put up with, every other one being…no more SpongeBob! She contentedly settles onto her bed, actually looking forward to her future life.

Now, granted the reason Mrs. Puff could be content in jail was because she wouldn’t have to teach or interact with SpongeBob anymore; thus no matter what punishment or chores she did in jail, she was content and happy. Paul could be content when he was in jail, because he knew he was serving Christ. He still wrote letters, ministering to churches he helped to found. He witnessed to anyone AND everyone, even the Roman guards he was chained to. Even death didn’t worry him as it worries you and me, because he knew he’d be with Jesus in Heaven if he was executed!

I admit I’m a worrier; it’s one of the worst sins I do in my opinion, and I ask Jesus for forgiveness when He proves my worrying was all for naught (or when He shows He’s still there in my times of trouble). It’s a matter of trust in our Savior and Lord, when it comes to being content, and we can do no better than trusting Him always. For the Christian, that should always fill us with a sense of peace and…contentment.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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