RICHER THAN KINGS
Look at the places she travels to,
how happy she is.
Look at her friends. . .her beautiful friends.
Look how talented they are,
how cool they are.
Just look at the delicious, organic food she eats.
Look at how beautiful she is.
Look at the cute clothes she wears,
the adventures she has.
Look at the newest device she has.
And look at you. You’re not pretty. You’re not cool. You don’t do fun things, or have cute clothes.You don’t have cool friends. You don’t have money. You don’t have what she does. You are nothing.
Can I just be honest for a minute, please?
These have been the thoughts that have been running through my mind, recently. I have become so discontent. I have envied other’s lives – the places they travel to, the concerts they go to, the friends they have, the clothes they wear. . .everything. I know, I know. It’s wrong of me. Foolish, even, to want something that I don’t have. . .to want to be someone I’m not. Because wanting that isn’t going to change anything. But nonetheless, I allowed Satan to tempt me. To be discontent.
I looked at her life, and then I looked at mine. I compared what she had to what I did-nothing. (Or at least I thought). I let one instagram photo bother me. That’s how powerful Satan is. That’s how powerful the lies he whispers are.
But I’ve found that knowing Christ is worth SO MUCH MORE than worldly materials. It is so much more to know Christ than it is to have. . .stuff. Mere stuff that will fade away in a matter of days.
And this, also, has lead me to question myself. Why do I want these things? I have found my selfish, wicked answer. To be accepted by the world. To be. . .something. But oh my! We are more than accepted by Christ. We are loved with an endless love. We aren’t something to God. We are everything.
And I have come to learn. . .
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
~ 1 Timothy 6:6-11
God has opened my eyes, and has shown me that I am so rich. I have my family, my friends, food, clothing, a cozy home, sunshine, leather journals, fuzzy socks, smiles. Even if I didn’t have these things, I would have my Father-really the only thing we all need.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of flesh, the lust of eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
~ 1 John 2:15-17
To those who have Christ, We are as richer than kings!