The need to be appreciated and needed is common for many people, but I believe it may be more of a woman thing; we are complex beings, us women. We think quite a bit, don’t we? We don’t ever want to be taken for granted and often find that that is just what has happened at home, work, the place we volunteer, and other places. We then become too self-focused. “Why am I the only one that is expected to pick up the slack around here?” or “They didn’t even thank me,” can often cross our minds.
Difficult as it may be, we must remember that we have a higher purpose than to focus solely on ourselves. As we all know, emotions can be deceiving. We must be able to focus on what God offers us; peace is ours through our Messiah Jesus. This peace does not depend on our emotions or circumstances. His peace is ours because it is a gift. Now.
Psalm 23 reminds us that God is our Shepherd and we have all that we need. Are we grateful for that? Or are we constantly wanting more?
Before we moved into our current home, we lived in an apartment. The apartment was spacious enough, but we didn’t have a garage, which I desperately wanted for ministry purposes, as well as other storage needs. We were blessed with a more spacious home and I was full of gratitude for our extra space! That gratitude soon became clouded with the overwhelming work it takes to move, unpack, clean, sort, and all those fun moving activities on top of the usual homemaking responsibilities. I quickly gave myself what I like to call a “spiritual slap in the face” and praised God for His goodness and blessings.
I was reminded how quickly we can lose the right perspective and gratitude for God’s provision. I repented. I was grateful to have a home to clean and a roof over my family. What else are we forgetting to be thankful for? We tend to look to others who have more, by our perspective, and wish for just that. Let us not forget that there are others, praying for what we have.
There is someone out there wishing their husband was still with them, while we complain about ours.
There is someone out there, sleeping on the street, wishing they had the small apartment that irritates us.
There is someone out there looking tirelessly for a job, while we wish we weren’t at ours.
There is someone out there crying for their child, while we wish ours would give us a moment of peace.
There is someone out there without limbs, while we complain about having to clean, walk, or exercise.
The list goes on. Beloved of God, let us maintain an attitude of gratitude. This life may get complicated, painful, and tiring, but it is beautiful because God is with us and He has overcome the world. May we glory in Him, what He has done, and what is yet to come!