So it’s 4 am and I have a thousand thoughts running through my head, because that seems like the right thing to be happening during this time of the night. My primary thought is why does society try to push us all into the same mold? For so much of my life, I’ve fought being weird, because I was told that it’s not okay to be different from anyone else. I’ve been asked isn’t it worth it to pretend to fit in to get a promotion or to get a better job? And my immediate answer is, no. No it’s not worth it. I’m intelligent and kind, and sure I have days where I feel and act like the reincarnation of Stalin, but I’m not an evil person. So why do I have to be someone I’m not just to get somewhere in life? But also, why do I need to have the same goals as everyone else? A better job, marriage and kids aren’t a primary focus for me. I’m not going to be defined by those things like so many other people are, but then I’m told I won’t get a husband or a promotion with that attitude. Does that even matter? Is marriage the goal of life? Is a better job the goal of life? If it is, it shouldn’t be. Being a good Christian, following the Word of God, and trying to live right should be our primary focuses, instead we try to fit in to a profoundly sick society. This world is not the end game for us, so why do we treat it as if it is? Is there not a bigger picture? Is there not a more worthy cause?
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2 NIV
One of my favorite things to ask myself and others is, “Is this the hill you want to die on”? And most of the time, the answer is no. Almost every situation you find yourself in is not a life or death situation and it does not deserve to be treated that way. The house being a little messier then you want it to be, or your car needing to go to the shop again, or the only food left in house is pizza rolls, or a coworker lied about you to your boss, none of these things are worth freaking out over. Relax. It’s so, so, so easy to get caught up in the little annoyances, in the opinions of others and the expectations they try to place on you, but don’t. The people around us are not responsible for our relationship with Jesus Christ and that relationship is all that really matters.