As I go through my days a stream of thoughts play through my head that revolve around the things I want, the things I want to do, what I want to contribute to my family and the world around me, etc. The list is never ending and can be downright exhausting. As I was thinking today, I asked myself "Once you get these things you are thinking about today, what are you going to want next?" My flesh has an insatiable appetite that can never be satisfied, that's why the bible warns about the desires of the flesh. The word that popped in my mind is "Attain". The world teaches that we are suppose to enjoy our lives, our jobs, our work, etc. The world teaches that if we are not happy something is wrong. I have learned that while there are many things in this life that God has given us for our enjoyment, that is not what life and your days are about. As a child of God "Happiness" should not be my goal in life. This life is not the end for me, I will go on to live an eternity with God Himself. This life I'm in now is a stage to prepare me for the life to come. It's not about my happiness or the things that I want...............It's about my preparation. (PERIOD) While that is a hard thing to swallow at times, it is something that can lead to great contentment when you embrace it. Life is a lot more peaceful once you get to a point where you are reaching to attain that which is right in God's eyes. The scripture below comes to mind. When my mind gets overcrowded with wants, desires, and fears I will think about the scripture below in order to re-focus and regain peace.
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
I pray that I lay hold of that purpose for which Christ has laid hold of me. Amen.