It’s funny how human beings are not easily satisfied, always thinking that the grass is greener on the other side, always wishing that the grass on the other side would be theirs so that they will be happy. This ‘other side’ could be the past, someone else’s life, or a perceived better future (e.g. a change of job, a marriage, a change of house, a big bonus, etc).
This is a big lesson I’m learning. Before I came here, and had to work back in SG, I often lamented about how tiring it was to work, how I always had to stay up rushing deadlines and all. And I was really looking forward to stopping work and leading a ‘tai tai’ life. But alas, when I came here, I lamented about having to do housework and cook everyday, about not being with my family and friends, about not being able to attend my beloved church back home! How much of a complainer can one be!! haha
Until one day… I was talking to someone dear to me about her life. She has so much going on in her life, so much more to deal with, and possibly so much more to complain about than I do. But she yet she lives such a fruitful life, doing so much in her personal, work, family and church life. And I thought to myself… why is there no complaining from her, but instead, why is she leading an even more meaningful life, unstoppable by life’s challenges? Then she said this phrase which struck me real hard, and it made me totally change my mindset and attitude. She said, ‘I have to be accountable to what God has called me to…. embrace [this season of your life] fully, and you will find joy and meaning’.
So I woke up, and realised that in every season of life, there are MANY things to thank God for, and MANY ways in which God is blessing me. There’s so much to experience, so much to learn, so much to receive, and so much to give in this life, each and every day. Since that day, about 2-3 weeks ago, I have really felt so much happier, so much more fulfilled, looking forward to enjoying the presence of Jesus each day, and every joy/adventure each day would bring. Even in the cooking and cleaning, He is with me. When I enjoy the little things and interests He has put me in my life, like playing the piano, taking care of my plants, baking, etc, He is with me, smiling on me, loving me. He guides my every step, interaction, and puts people in my life for us to be mutual blessings to each other.
May we always enjoy the now in our lives, and not miss out on the everyday blessings the Lord has for us 🙂