The importance of content

Troubled times.

Troubled minds.

Uncertainty about, well, about most everything.

And in social media, we talk about content, about being able to deliver good and consistent and useful content.

Sometimes content can help with uncertainty, clarifying causes and suggesting alternatives. Often, however, content actually doesn’t change anything. It serves as an attitude, as a way of handing the much and the little of life.

Wait. I’m guessing you think I’m talking about content, as in ingredients, components, stuff. I’m actually talking about content, as in contentment.

Paul was a guy who knew about ups and down. He knew a lot about content (the first kind), having been an incredible scholar and then turning into a prolific author. In the process of living, however, he worked on learning a lot about content, the second kind. In fact, writing a letter, sitting in jail, he wrote

Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Philippians 4:11-13

Paul decided that worrying about the market, worrying about his holdings, worrying about his retirement was not worth his energy. He trusted the maker rather than the market.

It didn’t–this confidence–make him rich. It didn’t keep him out of jail. It didn’t keep people from detesting everything he said.

But when you are in love, the rest of that doesn’t matter so much.

Regardless of the content of your portfolio, you are …content.

4 responses to “The importance of content

  1. You gathered together disparate thoughts that I’d tried to organize in my mind for a post of my own–and in a much better way! So, now that that post has been taken care of…

  2. Aww. You sucked me in completely, then pulled the Paul thing on me! Good job on reinforcing that we are to be people who live our lives in such a way that people can only explain it by knowing that we trust Jesus.

  3. noooo. Amy. write. please.

    Thanks Jim. I love to surprise. I’m predictable that way.

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