Reading: Philippians 4:4-13
Philippians is one of my favorite books in the Bible, and this passage is my favorite one in Philippians. We are reminded to guard our hearts and fill them with joy. We’re reminded to be content and to trust in Christ.
Paul was in jail when he wrote these verses. His faith didn’t become this strong overnight; he practiced it over and over, through all the good and bad moments of his life. Every step of his day was an important battle for his soul.
Our lives today aren’t filled with the same hardships that Paul endured. Are we spending our days fighting Christ’s battle, or are we too caught up in our daily pleasures and wants? Are we daily taming our thoughts and emotions, bending them to holiness instead of to sin? Are we building that peaceful trust in our Master, day by day?
The following story is from Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys. The book was published in 1910 and is now in the public domain.
THE BOY AND HIS SPARE MOMENTS
A lean, awkward boy came one morning to the door of the principal of a celebrated school, and asked to see him.
The servant eyed his mean clothes, and thinking he looked more like a beggar than anything else, told him to go around to the kitchen.
The boy did as he was bidden, and soon appeared at the back door.