Hey everyone! I hope you had a relaxing weekend and took some time to chill out. Originally, today’s post was going to be “5 Tips to Cope with Stress”, because you all seem to love those type of posts…but I decided that I needed to talk about something that’s been on my mind lately. So, be on the lookout for my 5 tips post this Friday, and today let’s talk about how I’ve been repeatedly breaking one of the 10 Commandments.
We live in a time where it’s hard to keep up. No matter what I do, it seems like I’m always one step behind. Personally, this tends to happen with things people my age find important. My friends always joke that I’m so far behind on social media trends…I don’t know the difference between a meme and a gif or a gif and a vine. I don’t spend my free time scrolling through Instagram, and my idea of binge watching Netflix is watching two episodes on Friday night after I get home from research. I’m just not the typical young adult I guess.
To be honest, I’m usually okay with that. I don’t really care that the pictures that show up on my Instagram and Facebook feeds tend to be a week old versus a few hours. I have other things that I find more interesting and important than keeping up with that stuff.
For some reason though, I’ve been feeling guilty for not doing so. I’ve been wishing that I were better at it. I’ve been wishing that I were more interested in the latest and greatest things like an Apple Watch. It’s gotten to the point that I’ve been coveting one. Every time I see someone wearing one, I wish I had one. Every time I see someone that’s enjoying a Netflix night or has the time to go out with friends, I get jealous. I wish I had their life. To people my age, that’s what’s important and cool, and because I fall short in that, I feel less than.
Whenever these thoughts go through my head, I realize that I’m trying to be someone I’m not. I’m wanting things that really aren’t important in life, at least from my point of view. As Scripture would put it, I’m “coveting my neighbor’s goods” rather than being appreciative of what I have. Yeah, I may not have time to go to the beach on the weekends, but I’m doing other things that I find valuable. I’m running a blog. I’m working in two research labs. I’m succeeding in school. I’m going to church and trying to grow in my faith. I’m doing me. I’m living the life God set for me, and I should be happy with that. I should find that more than enough.
I’m sure I’m not the only one struggling with this. Maybe you see your neighbor’s nice car, perfect lawn, and weekend get together while you’re busy mowing your own lawn after having to get your transmission repaired. Maybe your friend at work is getting promoted, and you’re jealous because you can’t get your boss to learn your name. Maybe you’re a student applying to graduate schools and you’re upset that you have to decide between 2 schools when your friend gets to decide between 10. Either way, we all deal with it, and it’s important to remember to value what you have. Odds are there’s someone out there that wishes they had what you have. Be happy with what God gave you, and who knows…He might bless you with more.
I want to leave you all with a question…are you doing what you want because it’s what you want and desire, or are you chasing something fleeting because it’s what society tells you is important? Think about it.
“For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” ~ Matthew 6:32-33
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