You have shown me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11, ESV)
Sometimes when life is wonderful, I forget about God.
When everything is going great, I can easily lose sight of the One who is holding my little world (not to mention the entire universe) together.
I’ve wrote about forgetting God’s faithfulness before, but that time was more in relation to trusting that God is always faithful when everything else seems to be falling a part.
But God is still faithful when everything seems to be going my way, and in those times, I can get complacent. I don’t want that to be true of me anymore.
I want to recognize and praise God not just for carrying me through the bad days, but for giving me the great days as well.
And over the past couple of years, he’s given me some really great days! When I reflect on the place God has brought me to right now, I can’t help but smile. I’m living my dream. I love my job—I mean Disney pays me to be a pirate. This can’t be real life…but it is.
Outside of “work”, I have the best community of friends who encourage and challenge me to know and love Christ more.
My family—well, they’re also the best.
But I don’t want my life to be some health and wealth gospel—love God, and he will give you good things.
God gives us himself—the best and most beautiful and rewarding thing he could give. So if we have nothing besides God, we still have everything.
For me at least, it’s easy for me to get distracted by all good things that God has given me and to try to find my joy in those things instead of God himself.
Those good things will fade. They will let me down in the end. But God never will.
I want to learn how to fight to find my joy in God—not his gifts.
What does that look like exactly? I’m not quite sure, but I’m praying God shows me, and I’m confident he will.
I know Philippians 4:13 is used a lot, but when read in context, I think it’s the place to start:
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13, ESV)
I believe Paul meant that overly used mantra to show that in abundance and in need we must always rely on Christ himself for our strength.
I’ve been afraid to write this post because deep inside, I’m scared that tomorrow everything will fall a part.
But I can’t live in fear.