I’ve written before about how I struggle with temptation and how that sometimes keeps me in the pigsty of life. So, I’m always on the lookout for wisdom to help me grow stronger.
Recently, I had a little epiphany that I thought I’d share.
What I Realized About My Obsession
I’m going to admit right up front that while I think my new insight is incredibly powerful, it is also very simple.
That’s actually good news. Because I can handle simple. Simple, but powerful is awesome in my book.
Now, here’s what I realized.
For a long, long time, I’ve fixated and obsessed over what I don’t have instead of being grateful for what I do have.
I said it was simple so, please stop thinking to yourself, “Duh.”
I’m sorry, but I’m a little slow sometimes so it took me a while to get this. However, I’m going to bet that I’m not altogether alone in being slow to realize just how preoccupied I’ve become with wanting things I don’t have.
Regardless of your situation, I bet you WANT things all the time. I know I do. It is one of my regular pastimes.
Finding things to want and burying myself in the process of selecting and acquiring those things is a part of the way that I’ve always comforted myself (don’t forget I’m a comfort addict).
Please know the “things” I’m speaking about here could be possessions, relationships, hobbies, job titles, activities, etc.
It isn’t wrong to have things, but if you aren’t careful, the pursuit of things can result in what Jesus speaks about when He explains the Parable of the Sower to the disciples:
…but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. Mark 4:19 ESV
The desire for things choke God’s Word and make it unfruitful in my life. So, what fruit am I missing out on?
Well, some pretty amazing stuff. Things like joy, hope, wisdom, strength, cleansing and victory over Satan to name just a few. If you are interested in a more complete list and looking at the specific scripture references, you can check out What the Word of God Can Produce in Your Life.
I Want the Fruit, Not the Things
Here’s what I’ve realized. My obsession with getting things has robbed me of the satisfying and fulfilling fruit from God. I’d rather have the fruit. Therefore, I’m committing myself to being MORE GRATEFUL for what I have and to stop obsessing over what I don’t have.
I believe this is important in my quest to copy Jesus.