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What is the secret to happiness? Is it riches? Fame? Is it Financial freedom? Owning your home? Or Your children getting into Ivy-league schools? I mean honestly ask yourself, what am I longing for and earnestly searching for the most to make sure that I am completely one hundred percent happy with my life?
What will make me happy?
For me, I thought if only I could have children then I’d be content. And If you’ve read my blog about being a young wife, you’d know that I’m also a pastor’s wife. I don’t have the fanciest house in the world and I used to think, when I get a house then I’ll decorate it and be content.
We like to say “Once I have this, or once I’ve achieved this goal … that’s when I’ll be happy with what I have.”
The Catch-all Verse
We all know the verse “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” right? Philippians 4:13? This verse is common to help get us through the day. I was taught to say repeat this verse before a big test in school. Why? Because in all honesty, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. But in the words of Pastor Francis Chan… “It’s one of the most misused verses in the Bible, It’s our kind of “catch-all verse” to use when we want God to give us the power to do anything.”
But not alot of us know what’s going on in the context of this verse. Like who said these words or what was he going through to have to say “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”.
In fact, we don’t really know the verses that come before this well-known verse.
How to live happily and What made Paul happy?
The Apostle Paul stated, before this all famous verse comes up….
“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. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance, and need. ” Philippians 4:10-12
Paul is telling us that he is grateful for those who have decided to worry for him. But he’s also grateful because, although he’s been through ups and downs, he’s happy. He’s happy because when he did have in abundance he was grateful and content because the Lord was his strength. He knew what it was like to suffer and not to suffer but He was still content with his life. Why? Because In all things he had Christ who strengthened him. He never lacked and always had what he needed to serve the Lord and survive.
Taking it for granted
Many of us aren’t happy with what we have. Some of us take for granted what we have been given and long for more than what we see. We tend to say, if I only had this then I’d be happy.
But there are also those who have in abundance and don’t lack a single thing that are still not happy with their lives.
How to live happily, The secret
What’s the secret? How was the Apostle Paul able to be so happy when he had everything and so happy when He had nothing? Because He knew Christ. He knew God. He had a personal relationship with God that allowed him to understand fully what it meant to be content with what he had.
Are you happy with what you’ve been given?
Only then can we say ” 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. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13