These days it seems we’re all striving for something. Striving for money to make ends meet, striving to climb the corporate ladder, striving for that dream job, striving to lose weight, striving to buy that luxury car, or striving to make our dreams come true. There’s always something and while it’s a good thing to have goals, I see so many people who get so driven and focused that they completely miss what’s right in front of them. They’re so busy chasing after the next thing they want that they don’t even see that they’re losing the blessings they already have. They climb to the summit of the mountain only to discover they dropped their bag of supplies halfway up.
I’ve been told that I just don’t understand the urgency, that I don’t care enough about the importance of making money and perhaps there is truth in that. But even when I was barely scraping by and not making enough money to even afford to live on my own, I have never felt this attachment to money. I’m not a frivolous spender but I do allow myself to buy nice things from time to time, but overall I’m responsible. I save my money and I’m not in any debt other than my monthly car payments. Money is just a thing to me. I’ve watched people close to me stress about the dollar. Stress about making ends meet. Talk about how much better life would be if they could win the lottery. What kind of life is that? I know money is important and I know the burden men carry when it comes to making enough to support their families and those are all good things. But I think the part a lot of people miss… is the balance.
What good is it to have all the money in the world if you have nobody to bless with it? What good is it to have all the money in the world and still have poor health? What good is it to have all the money in the world and be alone? What good is it to have all the money in the world and still be left wanting more?
I’m using money as the example here but really you can replace “money” with anything that we tend to chase after. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and it makes me really sad. I’ve been on the opposite end of this. I’ve been the child wanting to stay up late so I can say goodnight to Daddy who has stayed late at work. I’ve been the child who wanted nothing more than to have my parents come see me perform in a talent show. I’ve seen people close to me waste their life away trying to make a living and then are broken and full of regrets as a result. I’ve seen people want want want want and then when they finally have what they thought they wanted, they realize that in striving for that very thing, they lost what was really important and they’re still not happy.
I don’t write this post to change your minds or make you feel guilty if you live your life this way. I write this as a reminder… while planning for your future, don’t forget about your present. I write this as a reminder that no matter how far you climb, you’ll always want to climb higher. No matter what you acquire, there will always be a void. We all feel a void that nothing on this earth can satisfy. For me being a Christ follower really helps. Praying, reading His word and singing his praises, it gives me a certain peace. It makes me feel like everything will work out. Some people don’t understand this perpetual positive thinking. When the world is falling apart around me, I still have peace and hope and I know that beyond this world and beyond this life there is a life where those voids will be forever filled and we will no longer have to chase after companionship, love, money, success and life’s luxuries. We will have everything we need and be completely content!