“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13).

When asked, “How are you doing?” many will respond, “Okay, I guess, under the circumstances.” Unfortunately, that describes how most of life is lived — under the circumstances. The difference between life being meaningful or meaningless is at the point of being content in all circumstances. The tendency is to believe that joy or fulfillment is to be had only in certain circumstances. Circumstances, however, are going to change — maybe for the better; maybe for the worse. Being content in any season is a learned behavior; discovered in the continuing faithfulness of God as he gives us the strength to face the ever-changing landscape of circumstances. You do not have to live under the circumstances, unless you so choose. Rise above them with a spirit of contentment.

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