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June 1, 2021: Less Is More

“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” (Phil. 4:12–13, NIV).

This is one of my favorite verses because it talks about being content. Sometimes it is easy to look at someone else’s life and wish to have what they have. It is easy to see their big house, cool clothes or expensive car and want to have it. But, even though they have nice things, their life may not be all it seems to be.

The person could be struggling with problems unknown to anyone else. The life that God gave each of us was made just for us. God made each of us special with different talents and abilities. He placed each of us where we need to be. God has a plan, even if we do not see it.

This verse tells me that I can be content with the life that God gave me. I don’t have to envy anybody else’s life. This verse goes on to say that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. This means that if I ask Jesus to help me be content, He will help me do it. I am glad that Jesus loves us and that He talks to us through prayer. I am also thankful that He gives me strength.

Jesus, please give me strength to be content. Thank You for making us special and unique! Amen.

Darby Holder is a seventh-grader at the Harrisburg Adventist School in Pennsylvania.

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