I am preparing a lesson right now for children’s church this evening. We are doing a series on Paul the apostle and his journeys. Today we are going to be speaking about thankfulness, gratitude, and most of all contentment. I need to speak these truths tonight when I know this is the one thing I struggle with the most. I can’t help but feel a bit hypocritical for instructing them to be content when I tend to have a restless heart.
From prison,Paul wrote to his friends in Phillipi while handcuffed to a roman guard. In his letter Paul makes it clear that he is entertaining the possibility that he is about to be executed. Yet Paul encourages his friends that he is content and rejoicing over his situation. He longs desperately to be in heaven with Jesus, but he loves the calling God has given him in this world to travel and speak of God’s love for mankind. Regardless of what is happening in Paul’s life, he chooses thankfulness. In his letter, he hopes to teach the secret to this contentment to his friends.