Think about all Paul had been through – imprisonments, floggings, near-death experiences again and again. He was repeatedly whipped, beaten, shipwrecked, and in danger. He faced sleeplessness, real hunger and thirst; at times he had no shelter and even no clothes. And through it all, he discovered a secret our world does not understand – how to be content. What kind of man was this? Was he living in the real world? The truth is: he was living in the most real world. And we can too.  But like Paul, we do not learn this secret overnight. We will not learn it if we run from uncomfortable situations. We will not learn it if we build our lives around material things; if we think the secret to our happiness is one more pleasure, one more dollar, one more thing.

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