Philippians 4:11-13New International Version (NIV)
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Hebrews 13:3 New International Version (NIV)
3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Saturday found me in my work cubicle, mostly alone, on an exceedingly slow day. I was literally hooked to a phone, surrounded by windowless cubicle walls. Word had come down that week that using electronic devices or reading was not allowed. I was obedient but unhappy about it, even though I knew full well that there were others in living in greater distress under terrible circumstances. Like a stubborn toddler, I wanted what I wanted.
Then it occurred to me to sing and sing I did, mostly the gospel songs I've known from childhood. I couldn't sing in full voice, as proselytizing at work wasn't allowed, but I could still sing loud enough for myself and my God. It was good and lovely to have nearly uninterrupted worship. I'll never be asked to sing on "The Voice" or even in a choir, such is my voice, but I can sing in my cubicle on any slow Saturday.
Alan Jackson - "How Great Thou Art" ((Live))