Max Lucado knows more stories than you can shake a stick at:
“Contentment comes when we can honestly say with Paul (in the Bible): “I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have….I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty” (Philippians 4:11-12).
Doug KcKnight could say those words. At the age of thirty-two he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. over the next sixteen years it would cost him his career, his mobility, and eventually his life. Because of MS, he couldn’t feed himself or walk; he battled depression and fear. But through it all, Doug never lost his sense of gratitude. Evidence of this was seen in his prayer list. Friends in his congregation asked him to compile a list of requests so they could intercede for him. His response included eighteen blessings for which to be grateful and six concerns for which to be prayerful. His blessings outweighed his needs by three times. Doug KcKnight had learned to be content.”