Monday, July 16, 2012

Some Thoughts...

I've been thinking a lot lately about how in life, we are often happy and content with our lives until we see someone else's house/body/possessions/life/job/etc. All it takes is to walk into a store you love and suddenly you are discontent with what you have...and you want more. Most of the time it's not even intentional. But as you look at someone else or something else and you start finding reasons why you need (or we think deserve!) to have whatever it is they have.

Why do we do this?! Are we INTENT on wanting to feel dissatisfied? I do not want  refuse to live my life centered around those things. Everything in life is constantly changing except one thing - who God is and what he has done for us. Two things in life are eternal -- our relationship with God and our relationships with people. I want to invest in Those things. Whenever I look around and I can feel those envious thoughts coming on I bring myself back to this...none of those things will even matter at all in the end. How I spend my time and my day are important and I don't want to waste them doing things that won't last. What color I paint my walls, how I decorate, what kind of car to buy, how I cut my hair or dress, the shows I watch -- these are not the things I want to be known for or invest my time into.

I'm not saying at that it is wrong to have hobbies and interests and to enjoy doing those things. God made us so creative and I love seeing different ways people use this gift. But I am challenging my day to day life in how I spend my energy. I want it to be for things that matter. I want to invest in people, in discipling, in my daughter as she grows in the Lord and in my own relationship with my Savior.

I don't think this means sitting around all day reading my Bible. But in everything I do--whether it's folding laundry, cleaning, meeting a friend for coffee or playing with my baby--doing it all to the glory of God and pleasing him with my actions and attitude.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be contentwhatever 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 everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11-13

1 comment:

Kim Oates said...

Word. This is a big reason why I throw catalogs away right when they come and only view Pinterest every once ina while. It's very challenging to know when the line has been crossed---can happen so quickly!