The Finer Things in Life Won't Make You Finer~
I wanted to share something that I recently heard on a movie of all places. The actor quoted, "I thought the finer things in life would make me finer, but they didn't" and boy did that hit so close to home for me. I've been in a season of life where I've wanted all the newest things from makeup to cars to clothes. It drained me (and my bank account) but I thought if I had these things...things would be better in my life. I would be happier, more content, prettier. I bet you can guess what happened. They didn't!! I felt the exact same as I did when I didn't own the newest Too Faced product as I did with my drugstore makeup. Did more people notice me because of that? Nope. Did I for some odd magical reason think that was the key to success? Yes. Honestly, I don't really know what I was thinking. But I almost felt worse after buying these products. Why? Because I started noticing what I was putting my money towards. It was all products that eventually get used up, worn out, or break down. I started thinking about how fortunate my life has been with the things I have been given, while others aren't as fortunate. I started thinking not only about where else I should be spending my money, but how it was all making me feel on the inside. I was becoming so consumed with "things" rather than focusing on how I was feeling on the inside. Are there parts of my life that I wish were better? Absolutely. Are there things I want that my friends have that I don't have? Of course. So it started making me feel like I was missing out on something. It was always, "well if I had ________, then I would be more popular, I would have more friends, I would get more guys to notice me, I would be a famous Instagrammer." I bet you guys get the point. Those materialistic items didn't fulfill any of the above (shocker, right?) So, here I am, writing this out, still figuring all of this out just like you reading this. I think we all want the next best thing. It's not a secret that big makeup brands and Kylie Jenner are making millions off of products that girls like me want to buy to "fit in" or "become prettier." But we are missing the bigger picture here. What if, just maybe, we stopped looking for our fulfillment in makeup or clothes to make us feel better about ourselves, but turn to someone who made us perfect just the way we are in every single piece of us. He never wanted us to find those things in products. He wanted us to turn to Him and see how unique He made each of us. If he made the sunrise and sunset and then wanted to make us, I think we must be pretty special and unique. But I get it first hand. We don't always turn to Him to fulfill our needs. It's normal and human to find that in products and people. My wish is that whomever may be reading this, I hope you don't go find your worth in something that might not be there one day. You are special, unique, and made for something amazing.
I didn't want this learning experience to be something I just lost sight of. So instead, I wrote some things down in my journal. What I want to be remembered for and important things to remember. Just physically writing them down gave me a better image in my head and I strongly encourage you to do the same. Who are you in the eyes of God? How can you be an example to others? Remember, we are all still learning and growing (nobody has it all together FYI.) Love you guys.