Over the last few weeks I have be chewing over and meditating on what I heard at the MOPS convention. The Lord knew what I needed to hear and what encouragement I needed to receive.
One of the biggest things, I think, we as women do, is compare and judge. We are harder on ourselves, but we also compare ourselves and life to those around us too. The biggest thing I heard was:
When I compare myself to others, I don’t always add up, and it starts to bring me down. I see the baby weight I haven’t lost yet, a house with floors scattered with toys in every room, the things I want but can’t have etc. I spend so much time on it, I become dissatisfied and discontent with my life.
The scene in my living room on pretty much any given day…and one of the precious reasons it is that way.
I love wandering around Pinterest. You know what I find? A picture of what the world says is perfect. The perfect lunch, the perfect body, the perfect room arrangement, the perfect outfit or the perfect party. Our parents used to call it “Keeping up with the Joneses”, we now have the electronic version of it. This perfectionary line/life- we imagine everyone else has that we should too- has a cost-monetarily, physically, and spiritually.
Another point I came away with is:
“Spend time doing things that inspire you, not tires you”- LisaJo Baker.
She went on to explain- where you feel the most inspired-stay there. Relish in it. But where you feel discontent-LEAVE. It is not a competition. Nothing is a perfect is it is made out to be. (That is why make up was invented and for some of us a necessity!) Again it comes back to don’t allow things in your life that make you stoop down to the level of discontent.
That is where the sin lies…being discontent. If I remember correctly, one of the 10 commandments is “Do not covet.” Discontentment is just another skin for covetousness. You want what someone else has.
The Apostle Paul said, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Phil 4:11-15
The key to a happy life is learning to be content. That is why I have challenged myself to do the Joy Dare. Every day, find 3 things you are thankful for. It is not just the little things like: I am thankful for a house over my head (which I am!). But also for the hard things of life-places where we can see God and His work. One of those areas for me was when Josh had his seizure, it was really hard to see past no driving, uncertainty of another seizure coming and bills to be thankful that God is in control-no matter what.