I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Our view of life and our relationship with Christ influences our contentment. When we have a heavenward view of life and realize there is no such thing as “heaven on earth” - that this world is not our home and the best is yet to come - we no longer long to build up treasures here. Our focus changes from “What can I get?” to “What can I do?” “How can I serve?” “How can I help?” As we take on a servant attitude and we realize the task God has called us to, we find lasting contentment, no matter what comes our way. Rest in the fact that God will equip us with all that we need to accomplish what He asks - not with our own strength, but with His.