The Earth that we live on is an interesting place.
Just a few more miles toward the sun, and we would burn up in a fiery blaze. Just a few more miles out, and we would be a frozen planet inhabitable to life. If the earth’s tilt was just a degree off of what it is, and the location of the equator shifted, the polar ice caps would melt and give us a planet under thousands of meters of water, incapable of sustaining life.
Genesis 1 gives us an account of the creation of the earth.
Among these creations, He made his most treasured one. Mankind. Billions and billions of people over the few thousand years since our creator brought us our entire life as we know it, 7,000,000,000 currently still here with us. And yet, we still struggle, in our generation with thinking of only one thing.
I am guilty of it just as we all are. When the stress of life gets a hold of us, we turn to so many different things just to “get through the day.” It is something we have all done. We turn to food, sex, drugs, movies, and anything that will take our mind off of our problems. But why?
Our generation is so caught up in the fact that we don’t have the next phone, laptop, car, that we lose fact that already have everything.
We have this empty space inside of us that our earthly instinct says that we need to fill, but the only true satisfaction of this, is God.
I was sitting at dinner yesterday with a few people, and throughout the entirety of our meal together, the only thing that we were doing, from what I was hearing, was complaining.
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. – Philippians 2:14-16
I hate complaining. I hate the idea of ungratefulness. Most of what they were complaining about was a professor’s teaching style, and even what she was teaching. Now, I go to a rather conservative school, and they teach from the perspective as such, which is great, but this one teacher in particular was, apparently, teaching from a rather liberal view point.
Not that any of this may matter to you, but I was really bothered at the notion of complaining about higher education. The fact that someone may be giving you another view about one subject, and you will complain because it is different, or because you disagree with it? And even questioning you about why you believe it? God forbid that you would think for yourself.
This isn’t an isolated incident neither, this is something that we see everyday.
But aside from that, it is the principal of the fact that bothers me. We complain about everything! When is the last time that you were in a restaurant and saw someone complain about the food they were served because it was “wrong,” or because it took “too long” to come out to you?
When is the last time you saw someone complain about such a wonderful thing such as a dirty car, or a slow computer, or your youtube clip isn’t loading fast enough? Do you see this????
We are SOO spoiled!!! We complain about everything we are given, because it isn’t good enough for us, or it isn’t clean enough for us, or it isn’t up to our standards.
Take these complaints to the people of an impoverished country, and see what you really have. We have everything we will ever need to survive, and more.
I went to church service at Vertical Church in Zeeland, Michigan about a year ago, and I will never forget what Pastor Josh Reece said.
“Our generation is beyond blessed, we are spoiled.”
God has blessed us so richly, that we take what He has given us, and twisted it to something that we think we deserve, rather than being grateful for it, and recognizing, we deserve nothing.
This isn’t to bash on any one person, but take this as a chance to open your eyes to what our lives really could be, and how blessed they are now, and how much we complain about our lives.
In the old testament times, they couldn’t have that personal relationship with the creator, not after the fall at least. That veil was put up between God and them, and they had to atone their sins through sacrifice. Christ changed everything. He gave us our lives! He gave us our chance at eternal life with him, and yet, we still have the mindset that we have nothing, and we need more!
We no longer have to sacrifice for our sins, because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. We no longer have the blocked off communication from God because of the veil, because Jesus torn the veil that separated us.
The bible describes our time here on Earth as nothing, “but a breathe” compared to eternity. We spend so little time here on Earth, and yet it is the one thing we are so obsessed with. Think about it.
We complain about the food we are given, we complain about our electronics, kids, school, and all of these things were a blessing from God that we can use, and yet, we don’t appreciate what we have. Because, honestly, with this world, it is not about you. It is about God.
God is such a giving a merciful Father that loves us, and provides for us always. So next time you complain about the education you have, the salad that isn’t cut up as much as you want it, or how long it takes for your server to get to your table, just remember this:
We may not have everything we want, but we have everything we need with God.