Sometimes, I tend to be discontent with my life.
It’s a real shame, because I am incredibly blessed. I have a wonderful, affectionate family; a supportive church; a godly, handsome, and hilarious boyfriend; and great health. I have my own car. I had a fine job. I have a beautiful home. However, sometimes I look at adorable pictures of couples and wonder why our pictures never turn out like that. Or I see photos of far-off places and long to be there. Or I see a new friend is engaged and wish I was at that stage in my life. Or I listen as friends tell me about their college experience and career goals, and I wonder why I didn’t have that experience and drive myself.
It sounds really pathetic, but let’s be honest: we all do it.
But let’s be even more honest! God calls us to two very specific things: He wants us to do everything to His glory, and He wants us to be content.
Everything to His glory?
Yes. Check out 1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:17 and 23. EVERYTHING. Even when you brush your teeth, or go to Walmart, or sit in your church pew. So no matter what you do or where you go or who you’re with or at what point you are in your life, live it up and most of all live it for God. Pray while you brush. Share the Gospel or at least give out a Gospel tract at Walmart, and make sure to invite someone to sit in that church pew with you and worship the LORD in song.
Then there’s the contentment part. “But wait, you just said live it up.” Right. As in, live in the moment–not live up and up and keep reaching for more! Philippians 4:11-12 talks about being content no matter what. That’s hard. Especially in a world of next-best-thing. ESPECIALLY when you can get that next best thing immediately: when you want it, how you want it, where you want it. We as humans are selfish and want everything instantly. We are the “me” society… which takes us right back to the glorifying-God point. See? If you glorify God, you’ll be content. And if you learn to be content with what God has given you, you can better and more easily glorify Him in all that you do.
So for now, I’ll try to put away my wedding planning (bye-bye, Pinterest) and my sighs and what-ifs about college. I will accept my current place in life instead of fight it and wish for different. Hey–I’m about to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Why should I compare my action chapter to someone else’s resolution chapter? And above all, I want to make sure that God gets the glory while I’m experiencing Him and sharing Him.