379. Keeping A Secret — Or Not

“A neighbor came by last night as I was working in the garage,” Stan began.  “He had something he wanted to tell me, but he asked, ‘Can you keep a secret?’”

“What did you tell him?” I asked.

“I told him it depended on what he had to tell me.”

“What was his reaction to that?” I replied.

“He seemed a little put out,” Stan said.  “He obviously wanted to tell me something, but he wanted me to keep it a secret.  But I told him that some secrets are meant to be shared.”

“How could you say that?” I asked.

“The Bible,” was Stan’s response.

Continuing, he said, “The apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the church in Philippi.  He wasn’t writing about keeping or not keeping secrets, but he wrote that he had learned a secret and he wanted to share it with the church.”

“What was that all about?” I replied.

“Paul was writing about contentment and how he had learned the secret of being content in whatever circumstance he found himself.”

“Sounds like a good thing to me,” I said.  “I can understand why he didn’t want to keep it a secret!”

“And what was the secret?” I added.

“That he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him,” Stan replied.

“Wow,” I responded.  “Great thing not to keep secret!”

“Yes, tell everyone!”

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In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:12, 13.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for all of your provision.  And thank you for showing me that the way to be content in every circumstance is to rely on your strength, not my own.  Thank you for showing me you want me to share with everyone the fact that it is you who strengthens me, not to keep it a secret.  Keeping secrets is fine in some circumstances, but not when it comes to matters of your eternal significance.  Please open me to see all you have for me to share with others, and please lead me in sharing exactly in accord with your will.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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