I was thinking about life today and things went deep QUICK. As all my contemplative times seem to do. Anyway, I’m in a space of considering and comparing others. Sometimes it has produced gratefulness but other times it has produced jealousy.
This friend has a baby. That friend is traveling the world. This friend has exorbitant amounts of money and creativity. Yada yada yada.
As much as I’d like to say that I realized the wrongfulness in myself, I cannot. I’ve stewed in my jealousy and grumpy discontentment more than I should have.
But something hit me today. The most precious universal currency is time.
Regardless of the state of life we are in and with whatever physical resources, the common denominator is that we have been allotted a specific amount of days. And we have the freedom to choose how we spend those days however we would like.
The second wave of realization hit me and I thought, “What am I going to spend my ‘allowance’ on?” Now I’d love to say it’s as simple as deciding to take my $4 to the store and buy sour candy and a Pepsi, but it’s not like my childhood allowance. This type of allowance is in the big leagues. We don’t receive any more after we’ve spent it (calm down-we can talk about after-life over coffee).
All that to say, I don’t care how much money you have. I don’t care where you live or how wonderfully you’ve decorated your home (although I am building mine and would love décor tips). I don’t care if you haven’t achieved what you thought your perfect life would be.
But I do care about people living abundantly each day and not wasting their life. You may have to think about this for a little while to decide what’s worth giving your time to. But surely you must put in the effort to decide what’s worth your time. You absolutely must.
All my people reading this who know Jesus…root yourself in Him and get to work for the Kingdom. Plant yourself somewhere. Put down roots and sell yourself out to something that will last.
(And p.s. putting in work for the Kingdom of God doesn’t mean you have to work in a Church building. God made people to be fashion designers, accountants, bakers, crossfitters, Moms, teachers, and librarians. So wipe that self-doubt off your face, He didn’t make a mistake by designing you to love the things you love and to be talented the way you are. Use those things.)