We recently moved to an affluent little town. We didn't know it was affluent until we got here. The college kids in this town drive around in new model Land and Range Rovers. Interior designers advertise locally for dorm and apartment decorating. The toddlers here look like they stepped out of a baby Ralph Lauren or Baby DKNY photo shoot. Starched shirts, prestine makeup, luxury cars, and svelt figures seem to be everywhere.
Did you know that you are completely satisfied with your life until someone suggests that you shouldn't be? This suggestion may be intential or unintentional.
Think about it! You live your life pretty content until you become aware that maybe you shouldn't be.
In some cases, like hearing the gospel, this is good. We are completely content in our sin. We don't know sin is sin until God reveals it to us. One day, we heard the gospel of Jesus. Then we begin to rethink our lives. The former behavior becomes questionable and we become disatisfied with that life. We then feel the need to change.
But there is another kind of disatifaction we need to guard against. It is the frivolous, materilistic, nonsensical kind.
The kind that raises our awareness to things that are just distractions. Christy talked about how technology can distract us from God yesterday.
Advertising, social media, and the Internet have all given us access to more things than we ever imagined. I am not saying they are bad or from the devil. I am saying that this awareness brings more access...access to what we don't have.
I would love to get mani/pedi regularly. I would love to get massages weekly. I would love to have a personal trainer, a personal chef, and a cleaning service once a month. I would love to learn how to apply my makeup better and wear cuter clothes!
But if I constantly focus on on the pleasures of life that I don't have, I can easily become distracted, disatisfied, and resentful.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
We have to remember to keep a kingdom focus. We have to submit our lives, our wants, and desires to God. We have to pursue eternal things.
I am not saying you can't have or shouldn't want nice things. But anytime the pursuit of those things intereferes with the character that God is building in us or disrupts our relationship with Him, then we have a problem.
Focus on the blessings you have! Practice gratitude and contentment and you will guard yourself against uncessary dissatisfaction. If you are struggling with nonsensical distractions, here are 3 things you can do to remind yourself to be thankful
1. Fast and pray.
Praying while fasting shifts your focus to God. While you feel those hunger pangs, remember the people in the world who are going hungry. Ask God to give you a "hunger" for Him. Ask Him who else can you pray for.
Our distastifaction comes when we are looking at ourselves. Serve someone who can't pay your back. Give of yourself to help get your mind off of yourself.
There are so many great organizations doing great work in this world who need donors. Take the money you would use to buy the latte or the pair of shoes and donate it to a cause you believe in. Small donations can make a world of differnce.
Once we start thinking about what can I do for God, we can rest assured that He will give us what we need and maybe a little of what we want.
God, help us remove the distractions. In you we live and breathe and have our being. Teach us to choose gratitude daily. Show us how to serve others and put their legitimite needs before our wants Amen!