What Are You Looking For?
We all know those four dreaded words: “I can’t find it.” Ugggh! It must be in the handbook children and husbands are given at birth. What are you looking for? My teenage daughter came out into the living room while I was working to tell me that she couldn’t find the pizza pan. Did you look in the drawer under the oven? Did you pick up the other pans to see if it’s underneath? I must be magical or all-knowing. To think that I, a mere mortal, can predict that the thing she was searching for was in exactly the place where it belongs – she was amazed. I’m so glad I asked you, Mom!
Half Man Half Amazing
Yeah – or, I could just know how to actually look for the things I want.
It got me thinking. How often do we miss the thing we need because we aren’t really looking for it? How many times have I said or thought I was trying to find the thing, the answer, the solution, but didn’t because I wasn’t actually looking as hard as I convinced myself I was.
What Do I Really Want?
Do I really want what God wants for my life? Have I chosen to live a life that will honor Him in all things? Or, do I want the blessings without the work? After all, who doesn’t love a blessing!? Blessed without the stress – that is a treat. So, having “all these things” given to me without having to do all the seeking seems like a win-win situation.
Or Does It?
The reward tends to mean less to me if I didn’t work for it first. Knowing the cost makes me appreciate the value. So when I spend my time really seeking the kingdom and the righteousness of God, I feel blessed not simply because of the blessings that may come at the end of the struggle – but because the journey itself was a blessing.
40-Day Challenge Reading
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.