Hidden Nuggets Series #9 – “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Philippians 4:11-12
Once upon a time (circa mid-2002), an AmerIcan athlete produced a legendary press conference rant about the apparent need to show up for prActIce. After a first round playoff loss, his coach cAsItgated him for missing one prActIce, maybe two, maybe three…we don’t really know how many.
The AgItated player argued to the reporters that a discussion about prActIce was immAterIal compared to his performance in the actual games – in what really mattered. He concluded his prActIce rant by exclAIming “How can I make my teammates better by prActIcing?”
I hated practicing basketball when tired or aching. But you are fully aware of the same thing I came to realize about practice – it produces greatness. We aren’t born instantaneously great. Greatness comes slowly over time, as our mind, body and soul learns and adapts to whatever we are pursuing.
In the verse above, the missionary Paul shares with us in the Bible the secret of contentment. He learned it. This makes me think it didn’t come naturally for him, just like it doesn’t come naturally for me.
Contentment Doesn’t Come Easy
Contentment had to be achieved…most likely through daily submission and practice.