Contented! by Johnny Hunt

Johnny Hunt
Philippians 4:11


"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have
learned in whatever state I am, to be content."
(Philippians 4:11)

"Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days,
that he may see good?" (Psalm 34:12)

"Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I
die): Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me
neither poverty nor riches - Feed me with the food You
prescribe for me; Lest I be full and deny You, And
say, 'Who is the Lord?' Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God." (Proverbs 30:7-9)


To be content in life is a goal most of us pursue. As
ministers, we should not serve for "filthy lucre's
sake," neither do we want to be constantly fretting
over worldly concerns that takes us away from our
families and our ministries. Like the Apostle Paul,
we need to learn to be content in whatever situation
we find ourselves. Some ministers are poor, some are
wealthy; some are healthy, while others are not; some
are rested, some are weary; some are encouraged, some
are discouraged; some are satisfied, while others
remain dissatisfied.

Life is ever changing. Never are our circumstances
constant. Yet, we are instructed to be content with
where we are, what we are, and who we are.

In my life and ministry I have lived in nice houses
and I have lived in a government project; I have been
underpaid, and I have been well paid; I have been at
challenging churches, and I have been at cherished
churches. I have been unappreciated, and I have been
greatly appreciated; I have had enemies, and I have
close friends; I have been mocked, and I have been
respected. Through it all I learned the discipline of
contentment. I have learned to be happy in life
whatever my plot. A guiding thought that keeps me
thinking with the right perspective is: "I want to
always be grateful for what I have, but never ...

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