For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
There is a blog post circulating Facebook that has pulled at our heartstrings, mine included. In the post, the lady shares how her kitchen counters need to be repainted, pointed out by a friend. She describes how she would love to redo them, even the counter tops, but life has gotten in the way, and the cabinets have fallen at the bottom of the to-do list. However, she then begins to explain that maybe it isn't the cabinets that need a makeover, but her heart instead. After I read the post, it resonated in my own life that my ever growing to-do list was really just an accumulation of my own wish-list. Now that I have decided to stay home with Josie, I have adequate time to look around my own home and find areas that are 'less than.' I am constantly scrolling through Pinterest, pinning ideas on my 'Home' board of perfect kitchens, tidy bathrooms, and cozy bedrooms. It isn't long before a feeling of 'lack' falls over me. "If only I had those countertops, or shiplap walls, new bedroom furniture..." the list can be never-ending. I begin to compare what I have with what someone I don't even know has.
Proverbs 14:30 says, "A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones." The writer is telling us that when we are jealous of someone or something else, it will eat away at us like a disease. The comparison he makes here is so weighted, so important. He wants us to get this! When we envy someone else, it does nothing but rob us of our peace and well-being. This rings so true in my life; when I begin to look around me with discontentment, I am not joyful, thankful, or satisfied. Will a farmhouse sink or a new car truly wipe away my cares? Maybe it isn't your home you are comparing, but the way you look, your family, or even your church. When you are looking at life through the lens of envy, you will always fall short. Every time.
I'm reminded of the story in John chapter 4 when Jesus meets with the woman at the well. Jesus tells her that she has had five husbands, and the man she is with now she isn't married to. Surely that woman dealt with envy in her life before! Not ever content with what she had, she moved on time and time again, searching for happiness. Jesus begins to tell her that soon after drinking the water from the well she will become thirsty again, but after drinking the water He gives, she will be satisfied. You see, true satisfaction cannot come with a price tag. It may feel good at the moment to buy something new, something that gives us temporary joy. But I can almost guarantee that just as soon as I get that new, whatever it may be, I'm already looking to get something else. Jesus tells us that we can only truly be satisfied through Him! That He will sustain us and give us our every need. Philippians 4:19 reads "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus." Did you hear that? Our NEEDS, not our WANTS.
I can only truly be happy when I begin to see that I am living in abundance; not because I have a house full of expensive things, but because I am drinking from the well of life. I have all that I need because I know who I am in Christ, and He is more than enough. In this world of Pinterest and Instagram "perfection", when it's so easy to fall into the trap of envy and comparison, I am reminded that external comforts will never bring internal joy. While I may be tempted to think, "My life would be so much better if I had (this) right now," I am reminded that comparison is a thief of joy, and I should instead draw from the source of life and be grateful for the abundant joy that only He can give.
Your fellow Able Mom,
God, you know the areas of lack in my life. You know where I fall short and when I allow envy and comparison to steal my joy. Right now, I lift up my desires to You. I know that You can take the feelings of lack and "less than" and replace them with the fullness of Your abundant joy. Thank you for providing all of my needs. In Jesus name, Amen.
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