by Robert Walker

Contentment for Daily Living
Robert Walker
Philippians 4:8

Some of you may be familiar with the name John Stallings. At the age of 34, while he was pastor in a church in Montgomery, Alabama then John Stallings serene little world began to tumble down around him.

One of his three daughters nearly died with a serious illness. Another was almost killed in an automobile accident. During this time, he felt the need to resign from his Alabama pastorate, and he moved to Florida. Stallings was trying to construct a home, but things were not going well at all.

He knew he was going to have to learn to live by the faith about which he had preached for many years. In the midst of all these struggles, a song began rolling around in his mind. One day he sat down in his living room and wrote this now famous song.

It is a song that won all three of the major sacred-song awards in the same year 1977 and has helped many people in their struggles and searching. The song stresses that happiness and contentment come from one source: the strength, the empowerment, and the love of God.

The song he wrote is entitled: "Learning To Lean": "A joy I can't explain is filling my soul, since the day I met Jesus my King; His blessed Holy Spirit is leading my way; He is teaching, and I'm learning to lean. There's glorious victory each day now for me as I dwell in His peace so serene; He helps me with each task if only I ask, every day now I am learning to lean. I'm learning to lean, learning to lean, learning to lean on Jesus. Finding more power than I'd ever dreamed; I'm learning to lean on Jesus."

Why are there so many unhappy Christians? How can we find happiness? How can we experience contentment?

The thing we have learned and received and heard we need to allow it to control our thinking and our attitude and our lives. Notice Paul expressed his gratitude for the precious gift of love the saints at Philippe had sent.

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