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“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV)

There is a lot of anxiety going around these days. It is prompted by the morning news. Anxiety is prompted by our focus on making it to the top, the middle or wherever we want to arrive. We rush to work, to the market, to our meetings, to our doctor’s appointments. Our entertainment on cable is crowded with shows that seek to distract us from our busy days. They often make us numb but not happy. The comedies we watch have plots built on the anxieties of men, women, and children. Commercials tell that we need the newest phone and the latest color of the season dictated by fashion mavens. We must have the new improved tastes of soda, coffee, cookie, and snacks.

Sometimes, we just want to stay in the present moment without all the noise. We must seek the Holy in those moments of stillness and be content. God’s strength is the key to our strength that enables us to be present in the world and not battered by it. Seek the strength and resulting contentment of God to enjoy the present moment in the midst of the whirlwind called our world.

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