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.
Photo by Dana Whitley Photography