2 Corinthians 12:6-10

As part of my summer off, I have been concentrating in working through the letters of Paul. Earlier this week, while finishing off Philippians, in a cross reference, I stumbled upon this short passage from 2 Corinthians, and it resonated with me. We may go through many different valleys in our lives. We see or personally experience many evils in the world. A thorn is driven into our flesh to torment us, or so it seems. It makes it to seem like nothing is going our way; we are stuck in a rut and the harder we try, the more we spin the tires and get into deeper and deeper ruts. But Jesus, through Paul, reminds us that his grace is all that we need. If we have accept his grace into our lives, he will use these weaknesses, these low points, to make us better, and therefore bring more glory to him.  In Philippians 4:10-13, we are reminded that we are to be content in all situations, and that no matter what life brings us, everything will work out because of Christ, who gives us strength. Furthermore, Paul writes to Timothy that if we are content with what we have been given by God, that will be great gain for us. Our lives will be much better if we accept where we are in life and remember to give thanks to God for what we have.