Something has been irking me lately guys. It seems like the entrance of summer weather always ushers in a bombardment of advertising aimed at giving us things “we deserve”. Like, “Hey all you tired moms with kiddos home for the summer—have a cold brew, you deserve it!” Or, “Get yourself a new summer wardrobe, you deserve it!” You all catch my drift.
Last night my 4-year-old crawled into my bed after midnight with over an HOUR’S worth of hiccups and cuddled so close to me during them that I am pretty unsure sure she became one with my body for a while. Yet, do I “deserve” a cold brew? Hmmm, I wanted one but I’m not sure I “deserved” one.
As much as I would like to jump on the “treat yo
Not to be a Debbie-downer here but I think the first part of this is realizing that what we “deserve” is actually death. Let’s take a moment to check our pride at the door, give humility a try, and remember that we are ALL sinners deserving of death.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.Ephesians 2:8
There is nothing we do on this Earth that can make us deserve the grace, freedom gifted to us by God through faith. Moreover, we are no more deserving of material things or experience (which, reality check, hold no value in the Kingdom of God) any more than the next tired lady needing cold-brew.
Ok, with now that I got my tidbit of bible thumping out of the way, I have to share the cry of my own heart:
When did living our lives and going through hard things as women, wives, and mothers suddenly make us “deserving” of anything?
Seriously friends? When? I have some experience under my belt in hard things and let me tell you this: I did not “deserve” them any more than I “deserved” the good things that happen to me. BUT you know what I also don’t “deserve”? Prizes, medals, confetti, or coffee. Support and comfort in hard times are bonuses of
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.Romans 8:28
He called you for His purpose and His plan for you will undoubtedly involve lots of disappointment, grief, poopy diapers, and hiccup-filled nights with no sleep. And you know what friends? That’s ok. A life marked with pitfalls and peril but filled with His word is a life filled with faith and character growth.
It’s the part where we think we deserve reward and applause for walking through life that gets us in trouble. When we expect and believe we deserve rewards as currency for our discomfort the only thing we truly receive is resentment.
God created your heart to crave heavenly things. When you try and replace His riches with things of this world will be nothing but disappointed in the end. Payment for doing hard things will not erase the stain of hurt and shame they leave on your life, only the cross can do that. Nothing in this world can satisfy your weary heart but the heart of the Father. No amount of money, ice cream, clothes, coffee, or days at the beach will make up for the hard things you go through.
So instead of buying into the things this world tells you that you “deserve” buy into this:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In thisJohn 16:33
worldyou will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”