I've been studying Philippians recently. I've studied it many times in the past, but this time is particularly rich! My goal is to memorize the entire book (so far I have the first eight verses down....it's a start:) because it is such an edifying and encouraging book. My husband and I live on a very tight budget and in an even tighter apartment. Although I have my moments where I struggle with contentment, I have been so blessed during our time here. God has always provided exactly what we need and has given us no doubt that He will continue to do so.
As this Christmas season is approaching, I am reminded (although, it's not like I forgot!) that our culture is so consumed with consumerism! Everywhere you look there are ads for the latest, greatest gadget promising you joy upon purchase. I don't have a television, but even still I am bombarded with ads on the internet, at stores, in the newspaper, etc. It grieves me to see so many get caught up in the race to attain "stuff" thinking it will make them happy or fulfill their emptiness. All "stuff" breaks, burns, gets stolen, is lost. There is only one thing that can be all yours and cannot be stolen, cannot break, cannot burn, and can fulfill - Jesus Christ. This may be cliche, but where is Christ in Christmas in our society? So many forget (or simply choose to deny) that HE is the reason for the season. Not christmas trees, or gifts, or pretty lights. Jesus Christ.
The Philippians knew this, as did Paul and Timothy. Do you?