I promised I would return to the subject of why we aren't satisfied with what we have, and why it is so hard to not compare ourselves to other people, so lets take a moment and think back on your day yesterday.
How many times did you see another person and envy their clothes/hairstyle/purse/car/husband/wife (if you're a guy reading this)/or even their child?
How many times did you look at items in your house and wish you had a better version of it?
How many times did you look at yourself in the mirror and feel maybe the slightest twinge of dissatisfaction with your appearance?
When was the last time you bought something you wanted but you didn't really need? How long were you 'happy' after you had it in your possession?
Are you constantly saying things like "I really need to get a new ______." "I wish I had _________." out loud to a friend, spouse or family member, maybe even a stranger?
Don't feel the need to comment, but do think seriously about it for a moment.
We live in an extremely materialistic consumer culture. It is only natural that your thoughts will drift to wanting something to drink when you see a Coke commercial. Our "needs" are more often planted into our minds by advertising than the hard fact of a lack of something in your closet or cupboard.
But this is not completely the fault of companies and their hired ad-men.
It is yours, it is mine. It is finding and wanting to place our value and self-worth in something that will never satisfy us. It is the fact that we do not trust that our every NEED will be met by One who knows our needs before we ask them. Its the fact that we do not take satisfaction in the thing we can have or already have and is the only thing we need.
Our only true need is the saving Grace of Christ.
Your car, your home, your clothes, your internet, your computer and the eyes you are using right now are all perks. Yup. Even your health is a perk. Because our purpose is not to be on earth hoarding all the handbags and clothes and pins on your pinterest board you could possibly want.
(Yeah, who could imagine getting sick of pinterest? I can't!)
If you have given your life to Christ, your only true NEED - to be made right with God through the saving blood of His Son- is met.
When this is a real fact in your life, you only need to worry about this:
Our purpose is to glorify
You will never feel satisfied with anything or anyone on this earth. But that is the wonderful thing to know!
When your focus shifts from the world, to Christ, all else pales.
I realize this is the first post that I have done which is glaringly Christian, but I decided its about time that I be completely honest with who I am, what I think, and how wonderfully freeing it is to be free from the weight of sin, worries, and cares of this world.
1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.