I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica
you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering,
a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
the verse “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” I have to be reminded of this verse often. When I take my eyes off Jesus, I usually focus on myself. That is when I need to be reminded. One issue
that I have laughed about is my desire for a pickup truck. I grew up driving a pickup and have always loved them. I feel at home with a my hands at the wheel of a pickup. But ever since having a family, I have been left driving other things.
There is one vehicle that is the total opposite to a pickup, one that pickup drivers would never want to own or be seen driving... that is... a minivan! Well, I have been driving a minivan throughout my ministry. I still have hopes, but I have
learned to be content with what I have. I have driven several minivans to their death, and usually bought one that someone is selling that has high mileage. Women will never understand this feeling of driving a vehicle that is an insult to the
male, macho TRUCK. Men tend to see a vehicle as an extension of themselves while women tend to seek “practical” vehicles. You can’t argue with them, but men see cars differently. I’m into trucks and 60's-70's muscle
cars. And I drive a minivan. I have learned to smile when I drive it. I pulled up to a man in a yellow convertible corvette at a light. I rolled down my window and told him “real men drive minivans.” He laughed at
me. I told him that if he wants to experience what it is like to be a “real man”, I’m will to sacrifice and trade vehicles. He laughed and told me that one day, maybe he will be a “real man.” Then he smiled and said
“I doubt it, though”
We need to be content in our lives with everything, not just material possessions, jobs, status, family,... and need I say our spouse. We live in a world where the grass
is always greener on the other side of the fence. Quit chasing after the Jones’s and chase after the Lord. Maybe one day I will have a pickup, maybe not, but I am happy and content and living for the Lord.
I pray: O Lord, the more I keep my eyes focused on you, the less I am worried about myself. Help me to be content with what you have given me, and to share it with others. I am to become less and you are to become more. Continue
grooming me. Amen.
On this Easter Day, Jesus has taken all our worries away through his forgiveness and gift of eternal life. HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!