Philippians 4:10-13 My college roommate was a touch obsessive with the way things were organized in our room. He liked his things to be a certain way, and it really got to him if things were out of order or not the way he wanted them. Naturally, myself and others who lived in the dorm liked to mess with our OCD friend. We would often slightly mess up his bookshelf or closet to see if he would notice and fix it (he always did). We would wait until he got in bed, then someone would move something on his desk. It would bother him so much that he had to jump out of bed to fix. My all time favorite, though, was when we took everything of his and made it the exact mirror. We switch his books the exact opposite, moved the items on his desk to the exact opposite position, and even scanned, edited, and mirrored the poster on his wall and the desktop background on his computer! My roommate was a good sport with all of the pranks, but they bothered him because he liked things to be just how he wanted them to be. If I’m honest with myself, I am the same way. I want things to be the way I want them to be in my life. I want things to happen exactly how I want, when I want. If things don’t go my way, I immediately get upset, and I often pout and complain about it. Often in my life, it’s almost as if the world is pulling a prank on me by messing with the things I want to happen in my life. In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain immediately pouts when things don’t go his way. He doesn’t take time to figure out what he could have learned or how he could have grown. He just gets mad. We all do the same exact things. We allow our outside circumstance to affect our heart and attitude. Do you get upset or angry when things don’t go your way? How do you think you could learn to be more content? // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
Reflect: Would you consider yourself a content person? Why do you think our default is often to get angry and pout when things don’t go our way? Pray: Read Philippians 4:10-13 again. Talk to God about whether or not you are a content person. Ask Him to help you have the same attitude Paul had about being content no matter the circumstance. READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Acts 1]]>