Love. Happiness. Success.
Am I wrong in saying that we want all of these things? I mean, if I took a random poll and asked each of you what motivates you every moment of your waking hours would it be one of those three answers?
These aren’t bad things but I have found in my own life that I can allow them to become unhealthy motivators if I don’t lay them at the cross first.
You see, God created each and every one of us with a longing deep in our hearts, an unquenchable hunger and thirst if you will.
In a day and age when the world is literally at our fingertips, how easy is it to get bombarded or distracted by what’s going on around us that we forget what’s going on inside of us?
No person (no matter how great and wonderful they are) and no amount of money can ever compare to the richness of God’s love for us.
I give up on this world’s definition of love. Love isn’t a feeling, it’s a choice. Furthermore, true love is God himself. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
I give up on this world’s definition of success and happiness because no matter how much I get, I’m often left with wanting more and more. Instead, I look to him for contentment and joy because He is my Provider and gives me all that I need. (Psalm 37:4)
I give up on trying to please others. There will always be someone who is negative or mean-hearted and that isn’t a reflection on me, it’s on them. Instead I seek to honor God first and let Him fight that battle for me. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
I give up on chasing perfection. There’ s no such thing. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
I give up on trying to be this world’s definition of beautiful. It’ all subjective and a beautiful heart shines long after the makeup fades. (Proverbs 31:30)
I give up comparing myself to others and their seemingly perfect life. I’m a mess and so are they and it’s Jesus that gives us grace to move on and grow. (Galatians 6:4-5)
I give up on beating myself up over the past. I can’t change the past but I can choose to look to Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of my faith as I take another step in my future each and everyday. (Philippians 3:13)
What about you? Are you ready to “Give Up” too?
I’d love to hear from you!