One of the things that seems to creep up in my life at this time of year is jealousy. I’m talking about that thing I feel when you get a bigger toy than I got, or you seem to have a better life than I do. You know what I mean? For some reason I’m always looking at the other guy and comparing myself to him. And that never ends well. I usually seem to come out of the comparison competition wishing I had something different or something more.
Paul said that there was a little secret to life that we ought to be learning. He wrote, Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. (Philippians 4:11–12)
It seems that at this time of year we are working extra hard at “being filled” because we feel like we wish we had more. Perhaps we ought to be working harder at “being content” with what we’ve been blessed with. Look around you my friends. Don’t worry about what you don’t have. Be blessed with what you do have. Paul knew how to be blessed with “humble” circumstances. God is with you. Isn’t that enough?