What have you accomplished during the past 6 months of the pandemic? Have you compared your life now to your life a year ago?
Prior to the pandemic, I had built a tidy schedule of activities that felt meaningful and were enjoyable.
But the past few months? Many of those opportunities have been canceled. I feel I’m doing very little out there in the “real world.”
Often we lose our purpose when our activities change. And many of our opportunities have changed drastically in 2020.
But what if we’re measuring our purpose with the wrong yardstick?
Instead of judging ourselves as underachievers this year, what if we reevaluated what we’re trying to achieve anyway?
Remember What God Really Wants
Beth Bullington’s story is a wakeup call. She’s the mother of a daughter with special needs. But she doesn’t want our pity because of it.
And she doesn’t want us to be sad for her daughter, assuming her daughter can’t do amazing things because of her disabilities.
Instead, Beth reminds us of this:
“Remember what God really wants. Loving God is the amazing thing that each of us can do.”
Beth’s daughter finds enjoyment in her life. Everything is her favorite. She “appreciates things, expresses joy, and tells people that. That is reflecting God.”
The most amazing thing any of us can do is to enjoy God.
This Is Amazing
Look for God’s goodness today. Discover God’s grace. Delight in God’s presence. This is loving God.
And loving God is its own reward.
That doesn’t mean life will be easy. Or that we’ll always feel happy. But enjoying God will give us more contentment, even in the hard times.
Godly contentment reminds us that:
- all things eventually pass,
- we receive grace in the meantime,
- and that God stays with us the whole time.
And who knows? Maybe one day we’ll even change our definition of “hard” things.
I’ve been counting 2020 as a hard year. Maybe years from now, I’ll look back on it as a year God shifted my thinking into a healthier direction. A direction of less comparison. Of more contentment. Of more enjoyment of him.
That would be amazing.
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