I love finding closet staples. I get way too excited over finding good priced clothes that I want to wear all the time. I want more and more. And while I obviously need clothes, I shouldn’t become obsessed with these items to where I think I can’t live without getting that adorable skirt.
Even though, for me, it’s exciting to get new clothes, it wears off. The happiness fades. I don’t spend every moment thinking about that shirt I can’t wait to wear. And I don’t want to spend every moment thinking about it.
The shirt will eventually lose its appeal. Maybe it doesn’t, but it gets hole after hole until there’s no salvaging it. Either way, it will eventually become old, worn out, boring.
This happens with just about everything we focus on in our lives. If we ate a turkey sandwich with pepper jack cheese, Mayo, mustard, and pickles every meal of every day, we’re going to get tired of it.
If we listen to one song on repeat without listening to other songs, within a couple days or even hours it’s not going to be our favorite song anymore. We want to hear something new.
If you only had a pumpkin spice candle and burned it all the time, you’re not even going to be able to smell it eventually. You’ll have smelled it so much that you get tired of it. You want to have a new scent so you actually know it’s there.
If you finally get the car of your dreams, the one you’ve been saving up for for years, within a year or 2, a better version is going to come out. And soon, your car will not be your dream car anymore. It’ll be the thing you’re stuck with. Same goes for your phone, house, whatever you’re attached to.
These things, no matter how much we want them or think we need them, they just don’t satisfy us. Once the newness is gone, once the trendyness has become dusty, we go back to where we were.
Searching and empty.
Longing for something to fill us up.
Craving more as soon as we see an opportunity for something “better.”
I was thinking about this the other day when I got a new shirt. I was so excited, but I realized:
It’s just a shirt.
I realized that we get bored of everything.
Everything except anything that has to do with Jesus.
Anything that has to do with love.
We don’t get tired of helping people. Of reaching out our hand to help get them on their feet. Of offering our support when they think they’re all alone.
We don’t get tired of our faith. Even if we think we know everything about our bible’s or about our Lord (which we are definitely not even close), there’s always something new to learn. Even in the same bible stories we’ve heard since we were in children’s church.
I’m sure that none of us get tired of Jesus’ love. Of Him always holding onto us when we’re afraid we have nothing left to hold on to. Of Him being literally the only thing that could save us. And he did it willingly.
And there’s no way we get tired of His grace. Failure after failure. He still wants us and loves us. How could we get tired of that?
We don’t get tired of love. All kinds of love. If we got tired of love, we wouldn’t have beautiful marriages that last a lifetime. We wouldn’t want to visit our families after living with them for the first eighteen years of our lives. We wouldn’t want to go through pain and suffer for others. We wouldn’t become so attached to our animals and care for them every day, even if we’re feeling lazy or sick. But we do it anyways. Because love doesn’t get old. It doesn’t wear out.
So we get tired of earthly things. It all means nothing eventually.
We don’t get tired of Christ, the things He teaches, and the things He commands.
It’s almost like He told us to not focus on the things of this world. Or something like that. 😉
There are so so many verses in the Bible that bring up this topic, but I’ll just leave ya with this.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17