Alive: 47 Days of Lent, Day 14

Alive: (Don’t) live your best life

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1 Timothy 6:6 NIV

One of my least favorite sayings is “live your best life.” It’s yet another way that our culture implies that what we have isn’t enough – that we should be doing more, working more, buying more, travelling more, being more. If you want to end up with a hyper-anxious society, that’s a good way to go. 

It’s okay to have an ordinary day doing ordinary things. It’s okay to have an off-day. It’s okay – essential, even – to rest and be unproductive. 

Our society’s obsession with outward success, with constantly striving for more, is bad for the soul. Part of being healthy is accepting ourselves, and others, where we’re at. After all, God made you to be distinctly you.

If you want something to strive for, make it kindness and a desire to see God’s justice enacted in the world. But even in that, remember that growth is a journey – one that takes a lifetime. Trees aren’t in a hurry to grow. And they don’t waste energy trying to be something they’re not. Try to push one over.

Dear God,

Help me to see that what I have – and who I am – is enough. Thank you that you declare me worthy, and that you love me unconditionally; help me Lord to do the same for myself and for others. Amen.

Author: Gideon Heugh, Tearfund

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