The conclusion to our series on Philippians (4.10-23) includes one of the most famous statements in the New Testament: “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” No matter how this verse is often used, St. Paul is not peddling the power of positive thinking. Rather, he says he is telling us his secret of contentment no matter his circumstances. He can do hunger or he can be well fed. He can face the hardship of having too little and he can withstand the temptations of having more than enough. How can we adopt Paul’s secret of contentment? Today we discuss the disciplines that will help us gain contentment: fasting, thanksgiving, and graciously giving and receiving.