Paul didn’t muster up contentment out of the blue, instead, he learned to rest in the simple and profound truth that God is sufficient.
Part of the joy of being a Christian is that we do change. The problem is that I tend to resist change.
During difficulties, God isn’t as concerned with our circumstances as he is about our identities. If we, in the midst of unemployment or a break-up or depression or pain, can see ourselves as we truly are, beloved children of God, it will change how we live.
Those labels of blind, fool, and whitewashed tomb no longer describe me.
I now answer to daughter, beloved, and free.
We’re human and we’re going to mess up, we will stumble, we will err, but we get to choose our response to that moment of failure.