“Wherever you go, make it your home.” – My Dad
Read that quote a few times over, in your head. What does your heart make you think when you read that? You probably think about how you can’t wait to travel the world by some crazy opportunity that makes all of the traveling free, like all the cool people you follow on Instagram. I may not be right, but I’m probably close! Thing is, that quote doesn’t only deal with traveling and moving around. Sometimes, it’s talking about right where you’re at. I think it carries the same principle of “blooming where you’re planted.”
Right now, I’m going to talk about the staying put side of things, which is weird for me considering that I’m not used to staying put. I’ve moved about 24 times in my life… I’m only 22; I’m used to being a nomadic vagabond, AND I’m aware that phrase is extremely redundant but I wanted to make a point. My point is that I’m not used to this whole staying in one place thing. Its hard, especially when I have a burning desire in my soul, to roam about.
Because everything within me wants to just leave and see something new, like every day, I feel that it’s important for me to realize this: even while globe trotting is important, sometimes staying put is just as important. There are things you learn when you seem to be stuck that you’d never be able to learn on the open road.
I honestly believe that we forget that God calls us to wherever we’re at. We don’t just wind up places, it may seem that way, but that’s usually not the case. 1 Corinthians 7:17-22 is the perfect passage to show us that exact situation. GO READ IT. I’m gonna focus on verse 17 though…
“And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life. Don’t think I’m being harder on you than on the others. I give this same counsel in all the churches.”
1 Corinthians 7:17 (MSG)
The problem that plagues us the most in this is that we wish we had the lives of the people around us, and this just gets increasingly bad with social media. Now, I’m not bashing social media, I think it can be used for amazing things; I want to do social media marketing after I’m finished with school, but I think it causes a lust born out of comparison. We sit around on our phones all day long looking at the visually fabulous lives of other people on Instagram and Pinterest and literally all other forms of social media. We think the grass is greener on their side of the website so we start to plan our lives looking forward to a future that we’re probably not called to, honestly. When we do that we forget to live where we’re at. We forget to invest in the people around us, we forget to work hard at what we’re currently doing, and we start to ignore our own gifts and talents. It’s dangerous. We start trying to morph into someone else’s seemingly perfect reality.
“Not everything that fits your friends will fit you.”
– Pastor Earl McClellan, Shoreline Dallas
Ok, really read that quote. Let it resonate. READ IT AGAIN! Apply that to what I was saying. Just because someone has a cool looking life doesn’t mean you need their life. God gave you the life you currently have for a reason, and yeah I’m not saying that it won’t totally suck sometimes; what I’m saying is that you should live where you’re at. Go all out. Make the best of every single day, right now! Wanna know the cool part about giving your best wherever you’re at, in whatever season? God says he’s gonna bless the people who are faithful with little, with much.
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”
Matthew 25:23 (ESV)
Right there, when you’re faithful you’ll get a joy from God, and even if that joy is the only blessing you get then that’s good enough, because lets be honest, most people are just trying to be happy with their life anyway. So the amazing secret is, if we make everywhere we go our home and bloom while were planted there, being faithful in the little, we’ll get a joy that will amount to much!
Did you see that? SOLID TIE TOGETHER! *hair flip emoji*
Well, you all have a fantastic week, you’re amazing! Don’t forget, God put you where you’re at for a reason; give it your best!