Looking Forward but Living Life in the Present

 

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I like to read motivational books. Right now I’m working on Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters (affiliate link). Jon Acuff has a great sense of humor and understands how I work (or don’t get work done.)

Becoming Awesome and Unsatisfied

As I read a section this morning, I got to thinking about how many of these books push us to pursue the life we dream about. Many of us are not in our ideal situation. In fact, I would hazard a guess that most of us are not right where we want to be. We can become pretty unhappy with our less-than-awesome life and the people who let us down.

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I also started thinking about people who have been in pretty horrible circumstances but survived with grace. Corrie ten Boom,  for example. I know she wrote some books and had speaking engagements in her later years, but I don’t think she did those things because she had always wanted to. I think she did those things because that’s what God called her to do. She didn’t seem like a different person to me. In the concentration camps, she was humble, sought God’s help, and developed a strong faith. In her later years, she did the same.
I guess what I’m saying is that while we should strive to live a great life, we do need to be careful not to ignore what God has put right in front of us. If we spend our lives trying to do something else, to be someone else, we WILL miss the blessings in front of us. And, we won’t live the life God wants us to live.

Dreams = Selfish?

Jon Acuff shares a story about a guy who is obsessed with building his own submarine. He uses the story as a warning. The submarine builder lives his dream, but ignores his family. He left a wife and children in the dust of his selfish dream. I know people who have missed job opportunities because they weren’t treating their current job as if it mattered. It was something they endured until a better job came along. Guess what? A better job may not come along if you don’t do your best where you are right now.

My Advice

  • Bloom where you are planted.
  • Make plans for the future.
  • Be open to what God has planned for you.
  • Always honor your current situation. 

 

Question: How do you deal with that uncomfortable feeling that you’re not where you want to be?

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