What Are We Chasing?


“And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another.  This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”  Ecclesiastes 4:4

In 2 different devotional readings this morning (J.D. Walt’s Daily Text and Barb Raveling’s Freedom from Emotional Eating,) I read about how we are constantly trying to be the best.  We want to distinguish ourselves as separate or better than others.  As J.D. says describing Peter—“Jesus loves you, but I’m His favorite.”  As people, and even as Christians, we aren’t usually satisfied with His love alone.  We are looking to make ourselves better or separate—we want to be distinguished and set apart.  We don’t just want to be who we are—we want to be the best of everything and God’s favorite.

I love that God wants us to be satisfied in Him and in the fact that Jesus loved us enough to die on the cross for our sins and the sins done against us.  We are enough in Him.  We don’t have to be the best or in competition with each other—we already have everything we need for life and Godliness (2 Peter 1:3). 

I’m sick of competing with everyone else.  I don’t have to be the “Best Wesley Director” or “Best Mom.”  I simply have to be the best DSU Wesley Director I can be for such a time as this.  I only have to be the best mom I can be for Hugh and Polly.  I’ve already earned my place—at the cross—bought by the blood of Christ.