Do you struggle with feelings of discontent, questioning who you are and what you do? Is there a restlessness that nags at your heart? Do you wrestle with uneasiness and frustration as you try to live the life you’ve always dreamed of?
Many of us have come to realize that it is hard to discover and be our true self. We live in a world full of confusion where the culture is constantly telling us who to be and what to do. As the years go by, we become more and more aware that our time is short and we want our life to matter! We search, we grasp, and we keep saying to ourselves, “there must be something more.”
What if these feelings of discontent and weariness are constant companions because you are trying to be someone you were never meant to be or do something you were never meant to do? If you go beneath the surface, will you find that you are clinging to someone or something other than God?
Often times our discontent comes from trying to grasp and cling to a life, a dream, that was never ours to begin with. We are chasing a goal or a destiny that doesn’t belong to us. We are restless because we are trying to create a future that isn’t ours…we are trying to manipulate and control the outcome. We fall into the comparison trap, and we have these preconceived ideas of what success and value should look like.
We get consumed by things going the way we envision. We forget that God gets to use us the way He wants to use us! God gets to decide how He is going to display His power and might! God gets to determine the form and shape of our family, our business, our churches, and our ministry. And the more I talk to people…the more I look at my own attitude and thought patterns, I wonder if I’m ok with God using me the way He wants to? Am I ok with His plan if it glorifies the Kingdom but doesn’t look very successful in the world’s eyes…or my own eyes? Are you?
As you wrestle with discontent and say to yourself, “there must be something more,” ask yourself…
Could you be filled with discontent because you are striving for something other than what God has for you? Is it possible that the restlessness you feel is a by-product of the fatigue that comes from chasing a dream that was never yours?
You don’t have to manipulate or control the outcome. God has something great for you, even if it doesn’t look great to you! God is good. His plan is good. He is enough.
In today’s episode of the Giving Up Normal podcast, I talk more about giving up the discontent and accepting the place and purpose God has for you. To listen just click play!