“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians 4:11).
In their always dissatisfied quest for happiness many miss out on the small joys of life. While sitting in prison, Paul discovered more than momentary happiness could ever offer–contentment in all circumstances. Out of this contented state he would sixteen times use the word joy as an encouragement to the church. It’s only particular circumstances that can bring a moment of happiness, while it is from contentment in any circumstance that joy can be realized.