Oftentimes, I look at other people’s situations and wish I was in them. I want their adventures, their story, their experiences. I look at other Christian’s lives through rose-colored glasses and wish my life was theirs. I have blinders on – looking at other people. I look at missionaries across the world and think YES – look at their awesome adventure and how much they love Jesus. I look at friends who are married and think WOW – they were/are satisfied in Christ and look how He brought them a spouse. I look at friends working at other churches and think THEIR JOB IS PERFECT.
Here’s the thing.
When I desire other people’s lives and other people’s experience, I am tuning out what the Lord is revealing me about the experiences and opportunities He has given me.
Don’t get me wrong, it is good to set goals and to be encouraged by other believers. And it is a good thing to communicate with the Lord about the desires in your heart. BUT – even more important is this: asking the Lord to tune your heart to line up with His desires and redemptive plan.
I had a great conversation a few weeks ago with a sweet friend, Lillian about one of my favorite verses:
Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The human/selfish/sinner side of me likes to interpret that verse as “Love Jesus, and tell Him all the things you want in life and He will make that happen.”
However, that verse is not to portray the Lord as a genie in a bottle, but to say – when you are passionately in love with Jesus, He places desires in Your heart. He is the giver of the Godly desires. He is filling my heart with things that glorify Him.
Awesome job? good aspiration. Money? good aspiration. Marriage? good aspiration. Adoption? good aspiration.
BUT, if these things are taking priority in my heart above being in love with Jesus, the problem of idolatry has to be addressed. The war against idolatry is daily, but I know the Lord is bigger than my selfish desires and sinful heart.
Contentment, my friends, is what the Lord is teaching me. Not just contentment, but pure JOY in the life the Lord has laid before me, the experiences I have had and that are to come, and the way that the Lord is faithful to reveal more of Himself to His children.
Sometimes, I want to glance 15 years in the future, but that would completely take out the step-by-step trusting of the Lord to walk with me through each day and each relationship I have. Isn’t that the beauty of life as a believer? Daily fellowship with Christ? YES.
I’m taking the blinders off; I’m going to continually fight against looking at other people’s situations and wishing they were mine. Instead, I am going to focus on the beautiful life the Lord has laid before me and how I can best glorify Christ in the relationships, job, and experiences I am given.