Bible and computer

Where are you looking??

I’ve realized recently that I’ve really been searching for contentment for years–I’ve just looked in all the wrong places.

I’ve looked to Social Media thinking that if I could just figure out a way to post more than I do I might just feel like I actually “do” something with my life.

—What I failed to realize is that life was happening right before my very eyes…I was just too blind to see it. Everyone’s life is different. Passions, desires, and convictions differ with each person. I kept trying to fit the mold of the crowd not remembering the simple truth that though I live in the world, I am not of it. I could NEVER fit in no matter how hard I tried.

I’ve looked to the social profiles of the famous thinking that just maybe one day I’d be able to meet some of these people whose work I have enjoyed. Hoping for that one social media post that would make me “somebody cool”.

—I failed to see that being “cool” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. They are people just like me with their good days, okay days, and downright ugly days. They have struggles just like I do and those struggles can be deep and ugly. Acting is just that, an act. A way to put food on the table. Most of the time the characters that we so deeply wish to be like and admire are just fictional people brought to life by an author and a really good actor. They aren’t real. As much as we want and wish them to be–they’re fake.

I’ve tried living vicariously through those in viral videos and vlogs…thinking that maybe one day I could be like them. Have a relationship like they do with the same joys and trials and struggles that they have. Maybe somehow seeing what they go through could prepare me for something similar.

—We can’t know the future. People are different and unique. The way that I see and process something may be vastly different than the way that you see and process that very same thing. Watching someone else go through it doesn’t mean that you will feel those exact same feelings the exact same way.

Over time I’ve realized a couple of things…

  1. I can’t in any way, shape, or form predict or create my future. I can’t make people just fall out of the sky and land into my life just when I want them to. That’s not up to me. That’s up to God. I have to trust the promises. The promises that He HAS A GOOD PLAN FOR MY LIFE (Jeremiah 29:11), hears EVERY PRAYER THAT I PRAY (1 John 5:15), that HE LOVES ME UNCONDITIONALLY (Romans 5:8) and that HIS GRACE EXTENDS TO ME TOO (Titus 2:11).
  2. Life won’t just fall in your lap. You can’t just wish and pray for things to get better or an attitude to change. You have to work for it. Change is a conscious decision. Trust me, not living vicariously through others’ lives and accepting your own life–the challenges, joys, strengths, and weaknesses you have been given IS NOT EASY; BUT IT IS WORTH IT IN THE END!

So, I ask you today, where are you searching for contentment? Are you looking to the amount of reactions or likes you get on your social media images or are you looking to the Only One who can give you true contentment?

Until next time,

Bailey Sue