So .. for me it’s a deep recognition of need. Like the pretty, shiny teacup that you see in the photo above.
Useful – Yes – TICK – Love to feel needed, although may crack if needed too often.
Possibly stained on the inside (you can’t always see the imperfections). Especially when I am full.
Most often ‘Half-full’, rather than half empty.
Without the Tea – I am next to useless.
So – although I’m talking tea, here – you know that I am purely using it for illustration purposes. (especially considering I prefer coffee) …..
NEWSFLASH !!! My life is no shiny tea cup.
And the stuff it needs to be filled with isn’t actually ‘STUFF’.
Guilty as charged though. I waste a ridiculous amount of time looking at social media, or eBay, or thinking that I really NEED to buy something, when all I am doing is filling some sort of momentary void.
When I fix my eyes on what it calls ‘Pure and right’ in the Bible – those other temporary ‘gap fillers’ have no place. When I soak in the truth – that my life has a purpose and it’s not just for my own happiness. The richness of fulfillment, is more satisfying than any thing that I call ‘treasure’.
Some of my observations of real treasure …
- I have discovered work can be satisfying and purpose filled – when you are doing what you are called to do. Helping others is also satisfying, when we do it for the right reasons (not for our own recognition and self worth – but to LOVE the other person), to be a blessing to them.
- Meeting a commitment – when you are tired and would rather be elsewhere.
- When I choose not to argue – even knowing that I am right (UGGHHH – this is tough for me – especially in marriage), but IT CAN BE DONE.
- Saying sorry.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philipians 4:8 NLT
When I wholeheartedly CHOOSE to make the difference, by starting the day seeking out God’s priority for my life – I am changed. Little by little. Day by day. It’s a process.
One thing I’ve learned is that none of us stay the same – but by choices, good and bad – we evolve. I want to evolve into who I am destined to be – not a poor, second – rate version of me. I can’t do that on my own. No ‘self help’ book is influential enough to change me body, soul and spirit. True change requires God’s help.
Today I read something which I found super-encouraging !
In the ‘YouVersion’ Devotional “God’s not done with you” by Tauren Wells. Day Two – talks about the people we see as such great heroes of the Bible. Abraham – told a lie, Elijah was suicidal, Moses murdered someone, Gideon was consistently fearful, Noah got drunk, Rahab sold her body, Martha was a great worrier. Zacchaeus stole money.
Tauren calls them ‘All flavours of dysfunctional’ – that actually made me smile.
Reminder to myself – don’t be tempted to think that those around you have it all together. No one has a perfectly smooth life – NO ONE .. but we can definitely start making wise choices. TODAY 🙂