Make the Most of Where You’re Placed

Who else struggles with where God has placed them in life? I sure do. So often I find myself comparing myself to others, “How come she got married before me?” “Why don’t I have a high-paying job like her?” “Why am I still driving a ’97 Honda?”

The list goes on.

I’ll be turning 30 this coming July and I have to be honest when I say that I thought my life would look a lot different than it does. I thought I’d be married by now. I thought I’d own a nicer car and make more money than I do. I thought I’d be in a different place in my life than I am.

But what I’m slowly starting to realize is that my expectations for life are not what should define me. I am not in charge of my life. The Creator is, and He is weaving my life together behind the scenes.

So often I make the mistake of allowing myself to spiral into a pit of self-pity and discontentment and I end up living in the moment and obsessing on what I don’t have or what I’m not.

A tactic I like to use when I find myself sinking into my pit is to look at homeless people on my drive home from work. There’s usually the same man standing in his dirty and worn clothing holding his cardboard sign. And I ask myself: How dare I complain about my life when there are those who have so much less than I do?

That usually puts things into perspective for me as does coming home to a warm apartment every night when it’s bitterly cold outside.

I pray all of us can become more content with where God has placed us! I’d love to hear from you if you struggle with this.

Earnestly,
Emma

Photo by Dana Whitley Photography

 

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  1. Richard Scholl
    February 6, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I feel the same way when driving to work at night. I try to always remember to thank God for a warm workplace, and a job I enjoy as much or more when I started almost 25 years ago. I too have wondered why it appears others have more of this or that in their life, and then I remember that where I am is where our Creator God has chosen. It reinforces the fact that He can see infinitely down the road while our view is finite. If we wait patiently on Him, even when we don’t understand, our reward will have been more than worth the wait.

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