What ultimately allows one to enter a place where they are completely content and satisfied with who they are and what they have? From Paul’s perspective, the things in his life that the world would most often identify as sources of contentment (achievement, financial stability, family ties etc) were in a constant state of flux (ie he had them at certain points then did not have them at other points of his life). But while these “things” were not consistently presents for him, his peace and contentment were consistently present. From where did this come? He states clearly, “I learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in. I know how to get along with humble means and I also know how to live in prosperity…I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry…I can do all things through Him who strengthens me…And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Holding tightly to Christ and the life and hope He provides and holding loosely to things is a first step in the contentment direction.