Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 12 – 18 February 2017
“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 everything through Him who gives me strength.”
In recent years, celebrations of Valentine’s Day in the Philippines is not only focused on couples who will be celebrating this season but also to the people who remain single. These people may have suffered heartbreak or have chosen to remain so.
Because of their status, many of them suffered ridicule from the mainstream media, often becoming points of jokes and puns. Some of them are being matched to other singles, often without their approval. Singleness is one of the symbols that represent the dark side of Valentine’s Day.
But, despite their status, not all of them are unhappy. Some are completely content with their status. After all, being single does entail freedom that couples do not have.
Apostle Paul is one of the servants of Christ who showed contentment despite lacking many comforts of life. In his Epistle to the Philippians, he shared his secret to be content: “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 everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13).
Every moment in our lives we may find ourselves lacking or finding something. It is truly human to look for something missing in our lives. Yet, the true measure of happiness does not lie on what we get, but rather on what we have.
Today, not all of us may find a reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, knowing that the One who made us is more than enough for our needs make us feel content that whatever our statuses are, there is still the powerful Almighty who will love us no matter what.
Happiness is not measured of what we get, but rather of what we have.