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“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Philippians 4:11-12).

Are you content in the Lord?  Is the desire of your heart what is pleasing to the Lord.  Do you live with the reality that everything you call yours is really nothing and that the faith You have been given is everything?  These are the better things.  Think upon them and be guided by the goodness of the Lord and His leading.  Know that in Him is all goodness and mercy and that He has called you by name.

Lead me, O Lord, so that I may be guided by You and what You are teaching me.  Teach me how to see this world as temporary and how to live as though I had nothing.  Guide me, Lord, to realize that everything in life is something that teaches me of You.  Lead me to see all the goodness which surrounds me.  Help me live into this life to which You have called me in Your grace and mercy.

Lord Jesus, in You is all hope and a future.  Guide me this day, Lord, to see what is good and what needs to be left behind.  Teach me to suffer without complaint and to give away without thought.  Through all that comes my way this day, help me to move beyond myself so that I may be guided by You and what You will teach me.  Help me learn how to be humble in all circumstances.  Amen.