from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, January 26:
Give up the illusion that you deserve a problem-free life!
Link your hope . . . to the promise of an eternity of problem-free life in heaven.
When things seem all wrong, trust in the Lord.
Believing I deserve a life without problems is an illusion!
What a radical concept in this age of entitlement!
In the perfect worlds of Facebook and Pinterest, are you comparing yourself to those ideal pictures or stories?
Statistics is about comparison — who is performing better, who scored higher on achievement tests, who sold more. Pinterest keeps sending me messages of how many people repinned my pins, not that I’ve asked them to tell me this! Using statistics to know how you compared to your own previous performance can be useful, but so many statistics are used to compare yourself with others.
In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown says this comparing, “never enough” feeling is Scarcity. If we believe we are:
- not good enough,
- not perfect enough,
- not thin enough,
- not smart enough, etc., then we likely carry around shame or constant comparing or fear of risking new things.
Sarah Young uses Scriptures on trust to remind us that our trust in things, feelings, media hype, even in people gives us false hope.
John 16:33 tells us that we will have trouble.
Psalms 112:7 in New Century Version says:
They won’t be afraid of bad news;
their hearts are steady
because they trust the Lord.
Thank you, Father, for words that teach me to LEAN on You.
Thank you for the hope of heaven, a home without problems.