Lately I’ve really struggled with being content. I’ve struggled with the seemingly never ending urge to get more, have better, etc.
Here’s the thing: I know more than anyone – nothing I ever buy or ever become will satisfy my deepest longings. There will always be a desire for more. ((sigh….ughhh reality.))
And it’s funny, more like ironic, that I struggle with this – because deep down in my soul I crave being a minimalist. It’s like I can see in the distance that a simple life, free of clutter and stuff – really is MORE!
The struggle is REAL, y’all. Most of you know I already have too much stuff.
I catch myself telling Brian things like, “I’m going to go home and get rid of all my bathing suits. This one I’m wearing is the most comfortable ever – I really don’t need all of those other ones – they’re just taking up space.”
Then, in the next sentence I’m saying – “Oh, look at that cute bathing suit she has on – I wonder where she got that?? I need one of those!!!”
Yes. I’m so messed up sometimes!!!
This time of year doesn’t help at all. We’re bombarded with commercials, ads and media that tell us we really do NEED more. And we shop ’til we drop looking for the perfect gift – that most of our family really doesn’t need either.
What do we do?
I don’t know.
All I know is what Jesus had to say about these kinds of things:
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” – Luke 12:15
19″Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also – Matthew 6:19-21
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33
To sum all that up on this #thirstythursday: Don’t spend your life trying to get more and more possessions – you won’t take them to heaven. And people here will steal them anyways. Instead, focus on Jesus and the Kingdom of God. That will do your heart good. And if you get this right, God will give you more than you’ll ever need in this life – and it won’t be more stuff. I promise.
Lord, speak to my heart in those moments where I get stuck wanting more. Change my heart, oh God. Help me grasp the life of less that I see in the distance. Help me make decisions that get me closer to You. Help me learn what it means to seek You, Your Kingdom and Your righteousness. Teach me how to live a different life than what I know now. I want to be different than I’ve ever been. I want You, God. Make me and mold me into the person I am meant to be, in You.
So, I’m planning to indeed go home and get rid of all those bathing suits that don’t fit. Who likes wearing uncomfortable bathing suits that are too tight anyways???
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