I Want More For My Life
God, the one and only—I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I need comes from him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, An impregnable castle: I’m set for life. Psalm 62:1-2 (MSG)
I want more for my life.
She said, “I didn’t think I’d still be doing this at my age.”
Comparisons rolled out her mouth:
- I wish I had children like C.
- I’d love to dress like Y.
- If only I’d gone to the same university as X.
I gently reminded her she’d only just turned 25.
I reiterated she was much closer to the job she wanted to do then I was at the same age. And I told her that what she was learning now, that this preparation would be invaluable in getting her where she wanted to go.
That she should view this as a time of preparation for bigger things.
She still looked dissatisfied.
I’m pretty sure growing up David (of David & Goliath fame in the Bible) was constantly comparing himself to his brothers: Did he sling a stone as well as they did? Could he run as fast as them? Did he play the harp as well as them?
It’s not in the bible but I wonder how often as David watched his brothers go off to war and he went off to tend sheep he thought, “I want more for my life”.
David took the mundane (watching sheep eat grass) and used it as a time of preparation.
All that time doing something he didn’t want to do was used honing his skills with a catty. He played the harp to the rocks and the birds.
This shepherd boy who became a king told us with his life that contentment is found in God and not our circumstances.
When the opportunity arrived for him to take down Goliath with one small stone, David was ready.
When King Saul needed someone to calm him with music, David was well practiced.
The remarkable thing about David is that he didn’t allow comparisons to discourage him.
He didn’t sit back and think, “I’ll never be a soldier like my brothers” so why even try?
If you’re frustrated with your life at the moment, focus on doing the small things well.
After all you never know when God might give you the opportunity to slay a giant, speak to a king or lead armies of people and when those small things will serve you well.
Ask God what he might be preparing you for at the moment and to help you see how he is using the little things you’re learning now to do big things with your life later.
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