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When I was a teenager, I had a terrible habit of comparing myself to the people around me. It seemed every girl had better skin, a nicer nose, and smoother hair. Many young people had more friends, were better singers, and all were better at sports. As a Bible Quizzer, I was surrounded by dozens of competitors who were faster, sharper-minded, and who knew their material better. In college, I encountered endless students who were smarter and more skilled at everything I attempted. They were better at Spanish, English, teaching, reading, researching, and writing… You get the idea. Thankfully, by…

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11. When we consider all the things that Paul went through as he preached the Gospel in so many different places, we wonder how he could pen these words. The NLT puts it in even better language: “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have, I have learned the secret of living in every situation.” Paul said this was something that he had to learn. His secret was in knowing that the Lord was with…

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible) This morning as I read this scripture I asked myself, “What does contentment really look like?” I know we all think we know what it would take to make us feel content or comfortable in life. As a society we often have trouble feeling satisfied with where we are in life. As a whole, we are depressed and unhappy. And we are raising children to feel the same.…