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During the coming holidays we should not complain, but be content. Paul wrote, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:11). Philippians is a good book to help bring joy and contentment to your life. It encourages Christians to have joy in their hearts. The word joy or rejoice is found 40 times in this book. It is mentioned 16 times in the fourth chapter. Paul also wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phi. 4:4). He was in prison, but he was content and rejoicing in the Lord. Notice, Paul learned to be content. A person must learn to be content. I notice some Deaf Christians complain and do not enjoy their lives. People who criticize others are not happy. When I was a young man and played sports, I was content when I won, but I was very upset when I lost. I refused to shake hands with winners. That was not right. I have learned to shake hands and be kind even when I lose. True contentment learns to be the same at all times, no matter what happens. Don’t be bitter – be better. I notice some Deaf complain and criticize church, pastors, interpreters, teachers and other deaf. This is not right. The interpreters are trying to do their best. Stop complaining, and start complimenting. Be kind and encourage people. God does not bless Christians who complain and are bitter. Sometimes it is hard, but as Christians we all need to learn to be content. This holiday season let’s learn to give thanks and be more content with joy in our hearts. You can learn to be content and have joy in the Lord!

Let’s Learn to be Content

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