Sometimes we may struggle with what we don’t have. We look around and see things others do. Jobs, spouses, the perfect family, grades, clothes, money, luxury, the list goes on and on.
We need to take a hard look at the reason why we desire these things.
Clearly, we aren’t content with what we have been given, and we are struggling with patience, and trust in God’s will and His timing. It is NOT about what others have, but WHY are we looking at others instead of God?
Often times the very things we think we truly need are deceiving lies.
The perfect family on the outside is the broken one on the inside. Money and luxury may indeed be grand, yet the individual feels anything but grand. A job may be nice, but a person was not simply handed it or if the person there is no sense of hard work and true accomplishment.
As followers of Christ we are meant to be humble. We are told to be happy in all circumstances, no matter how meager. In fact, the people and the things we desire, how do they connect to Christ? Are they Christlike?
All things will pass away, except what is refined in the Spirit, and love of Jesus Christ.
Keep perspective open. Be willing to settle for less, and then, look for the blessing in the less. That’s how we find true gain anyway.
Christ is everything, this world isn’t.
(NIV) Proverbs 24:19, “Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.”
Settling for the small prepares us for the big.
How has God shown you it’s okay to not have everything you want?