"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." - Ephesians 1:3-5
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
I want more
I want more.
I've recently lost some weight. But I want the scale to show
a greater loss.
I have family that loves me. Do they value me?
There are so many friends in my life that I struggle to get
everyone on the calendar. Honestly, though, I want everyone to like me. It bugs me to think that there are people out
there who truly despise me.
I'm back to running again. Still, I don't feel like I'm in
shape. There's a nagging pain in my body. My clothes don't fit well either.
We're far from being in need. And yet, my mind jumps from
one thing to the next that we could do... if only... we had a little more
My family is looking forward to a little trip to visit
family where we'll surprise the kids with a stop at the Wisconsin Dells. But
it's not Disney.
The house we own serves us well beyond our basic needs.
That's right, we own it (well, shared with the bank anyway). And yet I dream of
a 4-bedroom beauty with a library and an office all to myself (I suppose it
would be nice if there was one for my husband as well). Oh, and I'd love it to
be in the country...
Who doesn't want more?
Those who are withouttheir basic needs.
Those who have found contentment.
The few who know that none of this satisfies.
Those who have their eyes on Christ.
The only thing they want more of is Jesus.
To be in that place of satisfied contentment where all I want
more of is Jesus... that is what I long for.
So in my wanting, I look to Jesus. When I find myself longing,
I get real with a heart check on what I long for more. Through my
discontentment, I seek God and His truth.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded
by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us,fixing
our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before
him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of
the throne of God. Consider him who endured such
opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
(Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)
"O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My
soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary
land where there is no water... Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you! ...You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise
you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through
the night..." (Psalm 63 NLT)
"A devout life does bring wealth, but it's the rich
simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless
and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our
feet, that's enough." (1 Timothy 6:6-8 MSG)
Don’t love the world’s ways.
Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the
Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world — wanting your own
way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important — has nothing
to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its
wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out — but whoever does what God wants
is set for eternity. (1 John 2:15-17 MSG)