This morning, I ran across this passage in Scripture:
I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; but you had no opportunity. Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I knowhow to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. I can do all things in him who strengthens me. (Ph 4 10-13)
It’s from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, written centuries ago and yet it seems to speak to us now. With the economy worsening, and more and more of us losing jobs, laying off, lacking resources and worrying about the present muchless the future, these words hold great richness.
Perhaps we’ve been living in want for a long time already. Perhaps we’ve known better days and only recently experienced a sudden loss of income. Either way, St. Paul sets the example for us, with his steadiness in both want and abundance and his complete faith in God. We, too, will have to learn to be content in whatever state we’re in.
It’s not easy, but we can do all things in Him who strengthens us.