Dear Hope family,

Thought for the Week

“Finding Contentment”

Philippians 4v11 “For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances …’” (NIV)

Are you content? What do you get most discontent about?

I saw an article about contentment on my Facebook feed yesterday. It was highlighting how our modern world relies on discontent:

  • Businesses want you to be discontent so that you buy their product or service on the basis it will make you content.
  • There is a basic understanding that the country’s economy must grow, but to do that we need to all pursue more.
  • It is our discontent that leads us to over-consume and so cause environmental issues.

Anyone who is content must be saved a lot of time and trouble! God in His wisdom included a command in the 10 Commandments to be content: it is in the form “Do not covet …”

So when Paul says, “I have learned to be content” – how did he “learn” this? If it can be learned, maybe there is hope for all of us! We will be looking at this more on Sunday morning, but in the meantime, have a look in Philippians to see what you can find that might help.

May the Lord enable you to know contentment whatever your circumstances are,

With love and blessing,