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I really like life when things go well, but get grumpy when they don’t. I ain’t not s’posed to be do that. That is allowing the circumstances to direct my day and mood. I even know what I am supposed to do to fix the problem. That is the problem with the problem. I just go along complaining about the problem.

Driving in traffic is a fine example of this. I grumble at the red lights but don’t even notice the goodness of God at work through the green ones. I must confess that sometimes I do and I praise God for them – after I make it through. Hey, they can change quickly.

Today’s verse says I am instructed to notice my need in the best of days and my abundance at the worst of times. In this way, I know how to be full and hungry, notice my bounty and needs at the same time. Hark! I always need Jesus.

The amazing thing is that Paul said the same thing. So the point is to do it.

I guess I better rely on Jesus to help me not to be circumstantially motivated today.

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. – Philippians 4.12.