“I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:12-13 (CSB)
Often times these verses are read in light of finding contentment in the hard times. That’s certainly part of what Paul says. But he also talks about being content in times of abundance. I’d argue that it’s as difficult – perhaps more difficult – to be content in times of abundance. The more you have, the more you realize what else you could have. Instead of enjoying the good gifts God has given, you tell yourself you need just a bit more to be satisfied. Ultimately, contentment is not about what you have. It’s about what you value. And the only way to value the giver above the gifts is through the enabling work of the one who strengthens you.