Have you ever played the I can’t wait until game?
You know the one.
I can’t wait until I’m out of high school.
I can’t wait until I turn 18.
I can’t wait until I get married.
I can’t wait until we have kids.
I can’t wait until we have a minivan.
I can’t wait until vacation.
I can’t wait until I retire.
I can’t wait until….
We are in such a hurry for the next big thing in life.
On top of that game, we are often comparing our lives to the one person who does that very thing we are longing. We are looking at their life thinking that once we are there we will be as happy they seem to be.
That’s the trap of the game. We discontent where we are today. We are lacking joy and we aren’t aren’t choosing gratitude for where God has us today. Our happiness is dependent on circumstances.
We need to find contentment in our role.
We grow up when we see our life and our role from God’s perspective; when we thank God for the rol He has assigned us and begin to see our cup as gift instead of a cross; when each morning we ask, “God, how can I glorify You today in my given role?” p.61
We each have a role. Often times our roles change based on our different seasons. What role do you play?
Wife? Widow? Mother? Homeschooler? Work outside the home? Work at home? Grandmother? Aunt? Sunday school teacher? Church cleaner? Friend? Encourager?
Maybe one year you are a wife and the next a widow. Or one year you homeschool while the next you work outside the home while your kids attend school. The key in life is to learn to be content with whatever role you play during this season. We can only accomplish this with an eternal perspective.
If we don’t accept God’s portion for us, we will become women with spirits of discontent. p.63
Since we all are guilty of this ‘can’t wait until game’, it is easy to come to the conclusion that all roles have their difficulties.
It’s important to remember this truth the next time you are longing for someone’s life and wish it as your own. Remind yourself that they are too have hidden difficulties.
We must make the choice to dwell on the positive aspects of our role in life. p. 65
Whether you are struggling in your role or enjoying where you are, what is the one thing that God requires of us in our role? Is it perfection? Success? The Bible has the answer.
“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
God wants us to be faithful in our role.
God wants us to do all things without complaining (Philippians 2:14).
God wants us to use all our might (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
God wants us to bring Him glory.
We can’t do any of that when we are longing for the next thing, wishfully wanting someone else’s life and comparing our sorry lot with someone else’s glamorous life. We need to grow where we are planting, water the grass on our side of the fence and be faithful. You can find contentment in your role. Embrace it today and find joy!