Can you recall the last moment you were utterly still?
If not, the waves may have consumed you.
The waves of the world that loudly crash upon you and drift you off to the seas of instagram pictures to compare your life to, to-do lists, the friends to maintain relationships with, having the best dressed baby, the Pinterest boards to prettify your home, and going into debt to have the most popular handbag of 2014 even though 2015 is two months away.
The waves get me often. I find myself trying to tread water to get back to the shore. The rock. The foundation.
I am thankful for pretty things on these little devices we hold in our hands. I’m thankful for the creativity God uniquely placed in each individual. But it’s easy to get caught up in it. It’s easy to covet handbags, bedroom decor, friends, vacations, and all the things of the world. Yes, I said it. COVET.
In everything we do, we need to look at the heart behind it.
We need to say, “Am I doing this to impress people? Am I doing this because I want the approval of people?”
“Am I doing this with The Lord in mind? Am I living for an audience of one?”
How freeing it would be to live daily to only gain the approval of my God. How wonderful it would be to be silent and listen to Him instead of the world that is screaming at me to be better, prettier, and to get more done. The sole approval I should desire from the world is that they see Christ in me.
The world will always lie and tell you you are not enough. But Christ, Christ says, “Well done, child.”
So yes, go buy that handbag. But only if you see it as a beautiful gift that God has given you to hold all the other gifts from Him. He’s all the approval you need.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17