My last post, I had a brief monologue-like story displaying different points of view. It’s so easy to look at the other person and want what she has, not knowing that she’s thinking the same thing about you.
One of the biggest traps we can fall into is dissatisfaction. We can have more than what we need, but if that one thing we care about is missing, we’re upset. One thing can drain our happiness and make us wish we had more, were more.
I’ve been dissatisfied lately. I worry about a lot of little things, which puts a damper on my day. One day, I’m daydreaming about buying a car and having my own house, the next I’m wishing I could throw all responsibility out the window and just have a life full of adventures. Then some days, I just don’t want to get out of bed.
In our Bible study yesterday, we were looking at II Corinthians 6. In verse 1, Paul begs us not to receive the grace of God in vain. I’m not a Greek scholar and neither are my fellow Bible study girls, but we spent a good amount of time discussing what this could mean. At first look, we thought it was talking about those people who didn’t actually believe or weren’t obeying God’s word, just taking God’s grace without doing right.
But what if this verse was also talking to people like me? Ungrateful people, who never saw the treasure they received from God. What good is grace to us if we don’t acknowledge that it’s there? If you get a gift from someone and throw it in the back of your closet, it’s not going to be much use to you. And I think it’s the same way with God’s grace. He gives and gives, but if we don’t do anything with it, it’s not helping us in any way.
If I don’t realize what a gift I have, it’s easy to be miserable. But if I open my eyes and understand the treasure God’s given me, I’m free to actually use it. I can be grateful, overjoyed by what I have. I can show that grace to other people, give them hope. It opens up a whole new door of opportunity.
The only time I think Christians become dissatisfied is when they stop understanding what God’s done for them.
Read the Bible. Learn about the gift you have. Don’t let the disappointments in life drag you down. Look up instead of in.