There is always a next step. Always.
"Give us this day our daily bread" - Matthew 6:11
I've put together a wide range of topics that we are journeying through on our college summer series journey. I've toyed with it here and there, but one thing remains. Out of all fourteen or so topics, there are two in particular that trip college aged people up more than the others - comparison and destination addiction. I'd like to discuss the latter.
Destination addiction is an addiction to what is next. The idea that when you get to a point where you have the position you want, person you desire, prestige you seek, then you will be happy. If you believe that true happiness will be found in another place, then you'll never understand that true joy is available where you are.
Addiction is a strong word, but I think it is the most accurate description of how serious the problem is. I'd be willing to bet that you can see it in your own life. Once you meet the right person and get married, then things will be great. When you get the high paying job, then it will be fine. You can point anywhere else and say, "that's when things will be amazing," anywhere but where you are right now, why is that?
I think it stems from the smallest of conversations. When we meet people for the first time, they ask us what we do. When we get together with family, they ask us if we're dating anybody. When we get together with friends, we ask what they have planned coming up. We're always curious about how people are advancing in life, but not nearly as interested in how things are presently going in their life. Nobody really asks how we are, how are things? In your soul, your mind, your body, how are you feeling lately? Ask someone that question and they'll look at you like you have two heads.
If we can't enjoy where we currently are, what makes us think that we will enjoy where we aspire to be? I'm not sure, but we believe it.
I love how Jesus says, "Give us this day our daily bread," that means a lot of things, but for the sake of this post, it reminds me to be present. Today is a big enough battle that you don't need to be worrying about tomorrow. He has given us enough to be sustained right now. There is nothing about tomorrow that should slow down our worship today. If we are always looking towards tomorrow then we will miss the blessings of today.
Don't buy into the idea that happiness can be achieved by the next step you take. True joy is found in the journey of walking with Jesus, where you're at right now, in this very moment.
Plan, dream, scheme, and get excited about where God is taking you, but don't miss where He has brought you. It's the sum of the chapters that make the book what it is, not the next chapter. The next chapter is simply a part of the story. Sure, you'll love some more than others, but they all play a part.
Put the binoculars down, there is something right in front of you.
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