Are you discouraged? Do the people in your life seem to invariably disappoint you? Is it that you’re associating with the wrong people, or is there something deeper at play here?
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33 NLT)
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is, “Expect little of others but much of yourself,” and it has proven invaluable throughout my life. People–even the best of us–disappoint. We may not mean to, but the human condition is such that even when we’re doing exactly what we’re supposed to and feel we’re right on track, we can still end up not measuring up to the expectations of those in our life. Sometimes, simply by existing–by being who we are or even doing our duty–we may disappoint. We may try our best and give it our all–yet it may not be enough.
At other times we may invest ourselves into something–a relationship, a person, a cause–and it may disappoint us. We may not accomplish what we set out to, or we may and it may not be what we thought it would be. Or the person or relationship we invested ourselves in may turn away from us. So what’s the solution? How can we not disappoint others? And how can we avoid being disappointed in people and projects?
The answer is that we cannot. Each of us are human, and it is unavoidable that we will, at some point–at maybe multiple points–of our lives, disappoint others. And any other human being in whom we invest in may disappoint us, whether by not accomplishing what we wanted him or her to accomplish, or by turning away from us once they do. So what’s the solution? What can we do about this??
The solution on our part is to invest in God’s kingdom and pursue the furtherance of His righteousness in ourselves. Jesus never disappoints; everything and everyone else ultimately will. That is why we are told to worship Him alone.
We sometimes imagine worship to be bowing down and praying to something and it can involve that, but worshipping something at its most primal definition means attributing value to. So, what do you worship? What do you attribute value to?
Whatever it is, if it is not Jesus Christ, it will eventually fail you and disappoint. Know that while it is not necessarily wrong to pursue various goals in life, the primary and foremost pursuit of our existence should be God.
Jesus taught us, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:19-21 NLT)
David could honestly say, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.” (Psalms 42:1 NLT) He wasn’t deceived, and he wasn’t disappointed. Can we honestly say the same?
Help me not be deceived! Help me pant for You as the thirsty deer seeks for water; help me worship–attribute the highest value to–You alone! Amen.