I’ve been realizing more lately that you don’t have to be a kid to experience peer pressure. Adults young and old can feel it too. It’s the whole “keeping up with the Jones’” mentality. It’s the pressure to try to look like a movie star or succeed at all costs, it’s all around. Although as a Christian I aim to live an abundant life of victory and joy, it must not be mistaken with a vain and greedy pursuit of “having it all” at all costs. One way is God’s and the other is the age-old selfish pursuit.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with going for that degree, or that dream business we’ve wanted for so long, or having a beautiful home and car for our family. What I am saying is that our joy should not hinge one these things because after all, they are still just things. One minute we can have lots of stuff, the next minute it can be gone in an instant. The stuff of this world is temporal, the stuff of God is eternal.
I remember my late father telling me, “We’re just pilgrims passing through.” The older I get, the more I understand why and what he meant. So here’s to the mom who feels cheated for having to put her dream career on hold to have her surprise baby, and to the young lady who feels the pressure to cave and not stand with her convictions because she thinks this guy is her only chance at love. Here’s to any Christian who feels weary in their walk, who wonders if they are missing out somehow. Pilgrim, this world is not your home.
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” 1 John 2:6 (NLT)
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