Don’t Wish These Days Away
Scrolling through Instagram this morning I came across a picture of one of my friends hiking in the mountains and thought, “ugh, I wish I was there.”
Browsing Facebook last night I scrolled past a video of a friend who had just had a baby and thought, “I can’t wait to have a baby someday.”
And as I was thinking these things, I realized I was not content.
I find myself in this position often, wishing it was summer, wishing I had a baby, wishing I was in the mountains.
But, I’m here in the cold Indiana weather. Working and doing life with my wonderful husband and our sweet dog.
And I’ve found that when I spend my time wishing I was in a different season of life, I miss out on what God has in store for me in this season of life.
While I wish away winter, I miss the joy that comes with being curled up on the couch with my husband, Christmas lights shining and a fire in the fireplace.
As I wish I was hiking in the mountains I miss the Indiana sunsets over cornfields and the leaves changing with the seasons.
While I wish that I looked like her and had a 6 pack, I miss all the unique characteristics God gave ME! I don’t see the things my husband loves about me, instead, I just see the things I wish I could change.
As I wish I had a baby, I stop appreciating the time I have with just my husband and I. I miss out on enjoying date nights and spontaneous road trips.
And suddenly, while I’m so busy wishing I was this or that, I’ve wished all these God-given days away…
And I don’t want to miss out on any of these things, and I’m guessing that you don’t either. So here are a few things I have found to be helpful in learning to be content during any season of life.
Ditch Social Media
Oh, social media. You can be such a wonderful tool or such a stumbling block. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, they can all be great ways to keep in touch with family and friends! But, sometimes they can cause us to be less content.
As we are so busy looking at pictures and paying attention to other people’s lives, it’s easy to start wondering why your life isn’t like that? Why you haven’t found the perfect job, or why you don’t have a dog or a six-pack, why you haven’t been to every country in the world. So ditch social media for a little while and focus on your life instead of what someone else is doing!
This is a great way to get back to remembering how wonderful your life is and how blessed you are.
Everything Is Not What It Seems
This goes along with my point about social media. I literally got a spam email about a month ago where the subject line read, “How To Make Fake Look Real.” I was confused by this, opened the email and read through it. And believe it or not, it was about exactly what the title said it was.
So remember, even though someone looks like they have the perfect life and have it all together, it’s just a picture. Those can be edited, the captions can be made up, their life may not be as perfect as the picture makes it seems.
The Grass Is Not Always Greener On The Other Side
It’s easy to look at someone’s life and think they have it all, because frankly, it’s easy to make it look like they do! However, remember they are a real person too. They have struggles and feelings and problems just like you.
It may look all fun and dandy to travel the world with no job, but I’m sure there are things you don’t see, or things they miss about home and wish they had. Just remember that you aren’t always getting the full story, and the grass is not always greener on the other side.
You Are In This Season Of Life On Purpose
This one is HUGE. You are in this season of life ON PURPOSE. God has not forgotten about you! He doesn’t forget anything, ANYTHING! So be assured, you are where you are for a reason. Each season of life has a purpose and is special. Yes, even the hard seasons. God doesn’t waste anything so you can be assured that this season of your life will not go to waste.
Instead of looking at someone else’s life and wishing a million different things about how your life could be different, be thankful for all that God has given you. If we spent more time during each day writing down what we were thankful for instead of scrolling through social media, I am almost positive our lives would look a lot different. We would be a lot more content with our own lives and a lot less likely to wish away the season of life we are currently in.