You see it on magazine covers and book jackets everywhere: How to Live Your BEST Life with the emphasis on BEST. It makes sense; after all, no one signed up for a mediocre, less-than-fulfilling life. You don’t say “I guess” in place of “I do” or flip that tassel over after four years of studying in a field you’re disinterested in.
But what if we shift the focus to YOUR? Living YOUR best life?
I’m not talking about living vicariously through your children or suppressing your needs to fulfill a spouse. (Though neither of those is healthy either!)
I’m talking about holding your life up to a mirror and seeing what God has for YOU.
It’s hard not to be influenced by (or a little envious of) the lives we see on television and in magazines. Kardashians who spend more on birthday parties than some families make in a decade. “Real” Housewives whose closets resemble small department stores. Chrisleys, Braxtons, Busbys…
Though I’m probably the only person who could be envious of a woman whose second pregnancy resulted in quintuplets!
There are celebrities who never have to clean, cook, or shop. That may sound like a dream to an overworked, over-stressed single mom. There are families of ten crowded into two-bedroom apartments who dream of living in one of the mega-mansions from the latest magazine spread.
But while we are envying, and wishing, and dreaming, we are missing out on what God has laid right in front of us.
The family. The friends. The opportunities.
After taking stock of YOUR life, without any comparisons to the Bravolebrities or even the neighbors, look at what you have to be grateful for.
And then look at what can be changed….
Not many friends? Look around in your community for shared interest groups. During this Covid crisis and quarantine, I’ve reconnected with so many wonderful friends I’d lost touch with. That was a true blessing in disguise.
Lost your job or stuck in a rut? Pray for wisdom and look for new opportunities.
God wants to bless you!
But you have to be ready to receive what He has for YOU and not spend your time comparing it to everyone else around you.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11