Dissatisfied and content
The apostle Paul was not immune to frustration, disappointment, or suffering. In his story and his writings, we meet a man who is rarely satisfied with himself, others or the world in general. Nonetheless, he seems always to be able to grab hold of peace and assurance that cannot be affected by any circumstances. In his letter to the Philippians, he claims, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation." Indeed, that whole letter virtually tastes like contentment. And today we begin a study of it by exploring what contentment is and is not, where it does and does not come from.