Beyond that, there is also something to consider: will we ever be satisfied? We can be, but will we be?
When my husband and I first got married, we lived with my parents for a while. As can be expected, the only privacy we had was in our bedroom; we shared the bathroom, kitchen, and living area. It was difficult to deal with disagreements in my marriage without feeling as if I had an audience. I realized that it is absolutely necessary for families to live on their own, if possible. We needed a place of our own. We moved to an apartment just a couple of minutes down the street. It was a small place, but comfortable. I was grateful for the big bedrooms and wall-to-wall closets. Mostly, I was excited to have my own place to call home.
However, it wasn't long before I started feeling cramped. My husband and I, being in the culinary industry, have a great amount of baking pans, among other kitchen tools and machines, which take up a lot of countertop room. And stovetop room. And cabinet room. And closet room. You get the idea. That, and having no yard in which the kids could play, got old rather quickly. I had to purposefully remind myself of the blessing it was to have a roof over our heads and enough food to eat, despite our financial struggles.
A few years after that, we moved to the house we currently live in. With an extra bedroom, which became my office/craft room, a garage, laundry room, and backyard, I was ecstatic! The daily routine of life and motherhood, however, quickly began taking over my thought life once again. I found myself daydreaming of moving to the country and giving my dream of homesteading a whirl. Then I had three friends ask me, within a few days of one another, if I was enjoying our new home. I thought about it, and admitted I wasn't. There was so much to do, that I wasn't seeing beyond my responsibilities to see how truly blessed we were. I asked God for forgiveness. I was reminded, once again, how as human beings, sometimes we can give God the impression that we are never satisfied.
There are many different scenarios in which our dissatisfaction can be displayed. This was just one of mine. What are yours?
A lost opportunity?
A career opportunity that doesn't come?
A "small" home?
Your single life?
Your married life?
Your accomplishments, or lack thereof?
Think about it. Look at your life right now. We are all aware of the blessing it is just to be alive; to have woken up this morning. Another day to make God known. Another day to do His will. Another day to represent Him. Another chance to get things done and right. We can be satisfied with who we are-where we are. Not because it is where we want to be for the rest of our lives, but because we know we can bloom right where we are planted. We are not rooted in our current situations as a tree is rooted in the dirt- running deep, firm and immovable. Beloved of God, we are rooted in Him. We can move, so long as it is within the boundaries He has so lovingly set before us. We mustn't miss the opportunity to see the blessings we can easily take for granted.
For many people, it is simply not enough to remember that there are others who have it much worse than we do; others that struggle to have one day's worth of food and basic essentials. We may even be in situations which we would rather trade for those other struggles. Hard to believe, but true. The battle that goes on in our minds is that powerful. But there is hope. There is a cure for dissatisfaction.
He is Love.
He is Sacrifice.
He is Enough.
He is Jesus, our Christ.
We don't have to write a "to-do" list in our hearts that prevents us from feeling as if we are still not where we ought to be. The truth is that whether it was our choices that brought us here, or unforeseen circumstances, we are here. We have what we have and we are what we are. What will we do with the rest of our lives? Depend on checking off our list?
We can have child-like faith and appreciate the "little" things in life. Not everyone has use of their limbs. Not everyone has limbs. Not everyone can see God's beauty through their physical eyes. Not everyone has a family. Not everyone has friends. Not everyone has a good roof over their head. Not everyone woke up this morning. We did.
My prayer for us is that our self-worth would come from God; not our own accomplishments, human praise, or recognition. God alone.
May the way we handle life reflect that.
May our prayers burst with gratitude and praise.
May we never lose the awe of His majestic power and providence.
May we have ever present in our minds the blessings in our journey, whether we're crawling, walking, or running the race.
May we be satisfied in God and who He has made us to be.
May we not compare ourselves or succumb to jealousy.
May we rejoice for the ministry and accomplishments of others when they glorify God.
May we never give up on the desires God has put in our hearts.
May we know when those desires are from God, and not our own selfish ambition.
There is always something to be grateful for; a different perspective of looking at hardship and joy; God's perspective. May we be most satisfied in Him.