Just before the famous 4:13, Paul speaks about how he's learned to be content no matter the circumstances--rich or poor, well fed or hungry. The secret: God gives him strength in ALL circumstances. Paul trusts God to come through no matter what is happening to him
Now that is something I need way more than the strength to cliff dive or stick a landing, the strength to BE CONTENT no matter what.
"Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life." Philippians 2:15
Anytime I tell myself not to do something, that is what I do. So how can we spin this in the positive? Develop contentment and do conflict well, speaking truth in love.
I am so relieved that my life does not depend entirely on me. Grit is a good thing but my own grit runs dry eventually. God's power and love and compassion and goodness never run out.
I should tell you all, I am "should" adverse. As a pleaser and over achiever, I have spent much of my life looking for all the hoops to jump through…until I broke, bone weary and in need of a lesson in grace and rest. So this verse raises my should radar. I do not think Paul intends it that way though. It's not about being a good person or shining the fake joy of the Lord. It's a response