I love listening to Joice Meyer, do you? I often watch her show before I go to sleep.
On the show I watched last night, she offered advice that I found very freeing. It went something like this:
Don't go out seeking,
seek God and all will be added to you.
She went on to say, present your requests to God--tell him the desires of your heart, then leave them with him to work on.
This was freeing to me because in this fast-paced world, I often feel I'm not doing enough. I'm not helping enough people, interacting enough, bringing in enough paid work, not earning enough, and so on. In an era of constant self-improvement, I'm often looking for what to improve on, never quite arriving.
The words "don't go around seeking" are what brought me peace. Women in my network often go around seeking for the next new thing to get involved in. I often go about searching through online job boards because I feel discontent. Going about "seeking" becomes a life of striving.
I'm going to let this advice simmer and seek God and contentment more this week. How about you?