"WE SHOULD LEARN TO BE CONTENT WITH THE THINGS WE ALREADY HAVE" Do you live in a comfortable house? Do you have proper clothing to wear according to the seasons? Do you have plenty to eat? If you can say yes to these three questions, you are extremely fortunate. Someone has estimated that at least half the whole world goes to bed hungry, and it might be added that many of these people have never once in their entire lifetime had all they wanted to eat. They would gladly "gobble up" the food we throw into the garbage can and smile proudly that the pangs of hunger had for once relinquished. Count your blessings! Do you have a job? Millions do not and cannot find one anywhere, though they are qualified and willing to work. Do you have good health? Multiplied thousands lie upon hospital beds, unable to care for themselves, while thousands more are ill at home, not having the means to pay for professional care. Do you have friends to love you and care for you? Many of the dying at this moment have no friends and no care. Think of it! The great apostle Paul was a man subject to many varying circumstances. When with Christians he was blessed beyond the necessities of life, but when controlled by his enemies he was neglected and persecuted. However, this great prince among men determined to adjust to whatever life's situations handed him. In Phil. 4:11-12 he made this thought provoking statement: "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need." There was, of course, one apostle Paul, but what he said in the passage just quoted should cause us to do some serious thinking. How would we react under similar circumstances? Could we say, as Paul did in the next verse, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me"? Some would pity themselves; some would blame God for allowing such unpleasant circumstances; some would even commit suicide, as many do during times of depression and want. Think of the power of Paul's statement!