Next Best Thing

I’m trying to be content with where I am in my life. I’m trying to be content with the pace at which my life is moving.

But then tonight was also my fourth night in a row watching HGTV with my parents so… let’s just say the pace of my life has drastically changed in the past year.

I don’t think the problem is that my social life has slowed down or that I’m living at home. I think the problem is that I am always looking towards the next thing. The next year in school, the next vacation, the life change, the next move and I don’t think I’m alone in this.

I think it’s easy for all of us to try and climb the ladder to the next best thing.

Sometimes that’s even healthy — it brings progress and change. But it also brings a sense of being discontent.

We can keep looking to the next best thing or that goal we are working towards and all of a sudden we think what we have isn’t good enough.

We work to get promoted, all of a sudden we are unhappy with our salaries. We work to buy a house, all of a sudden our apartments seem small and cramped. We work and work and work to move up but are we ever happy to stand still?

It’s the most clichéd thing in the world to say “stop and smell the roses” but I think it’s easy when we are always striving to obtain the next step, that we become disillusioned. We forget we have roses around us and think the only way to smell something sweet is to check that next achievement off.

It’s countercultural to trust God with a timeline.

We aren’t raised to just “let things happen”. We were raised to go work for it and earn it. But there’s a difference between being proactive and being controlling.

What happens when where we are is where we are supposed to be but are itching to get out of? What happens when we are in the right stage of life but can’t see it because we are only looking ahead? We’ll miss it. That whole season. It’s going to pass by and then we complain why life is moving so fast.

You might be wishing you weren’t single or that you had a better job or that were graduating this semester but I also know no matter what life stage you’re in that you’re going to look back and want to remember it.

Even though we are in a weird season now, that doesn’t mean we can’t take it in, learn from it and look back on it — but not if we were looking ahead the whole time.

“Enjoy the tempo of a God-breathed life by letting Me set the pace. Hold my hand in childlike trust, and the way before you will open up step by step.” – Jesus Calling

 

 

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  • “We work and work and work to move up but are we ever happy to stand still? It’s the most clichéd thing in the world to say “stop and smell the roses” but I think it’s easy when we are always striving to obtain the next step, that we become disillusioned. We forget we have roses around us and think the only way to smell something sweet is to check that next achievement off.”

    ^ Wow, I love this! So much truth here. Lately God has been teaching me all about rest and the importance of being still. I can constantly worry about tomorrow or the next season, or I can relax and know that He has led me, and will continue to lead me. He has never failed. Thank you for the great reminder! 🙂