Psalm 73:1-3- Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. (NIV)
There have been times in my life where I was jealous of people who were doing whatever they wanted and diving into all the pleasures of this world. As they did those things, they were loved, appreciated, and admired. All the while I’m over here trying my best to live for God and nothing but struggle after struggle keeps coming against me. There is a significant difference in the result of those two lives. A life lived chasing the fame of the world leads to death and a life lived for Jesus leads to eternity life in heaven. These struggles are just momentary but eternity is FOREVER. I would rather walk through a little hell in this life to live in paradise FOREVER, then live like hell and be eternally separated from God FOREVER in hell. I left another key point out. I was always looking at my problems the wrong way because I was more interested in the fun other people were having. I wanted to do things my way, and if I didn't get my way then God didn’t care about my problems, and He was glad I had them. I needed an attitude change. A change that required me to sacrifice the way I wanted to live my life for the way God wanted me to live. The way of the world is foolish and arrogant, but when we think that’s how happiness is achieved, we will never fully appreciate living for Christ. Do you live for Christ in such a way that the world’s desires for fame no longer interest you? I mean do you see the world living for the world and know that you are living for the right thing? That thing is worth living for. Jesus gave us eternal life and a life lived for Him brings eternal happiness FOREVER.