The Blessings of Reality

We live in a world full of unrealistic expectations. Growing up playing sports, I fully expected to spend the remainder of my life as a professional athlete (particularly baseball). When reality hit in college, my expectation of becoming a professional baseball player came to a sudden halt. When I realized that professional baseball career was now nothing more than an unmet and unrealistic expectation, I looked for something else. I decided that being a college graduate would promise me a high-paying job and a guaranteed successful future. After graduating college, reality struck again as I was met with one of the greatest recessions in American history. I didn’t work one high-paying amazing job; rather, I worked three part-time, entry-level-pay jobs that provided just enough for me to get by. Reality was staring me in the face as I began to realize that what I expected versus what I was experiencing were completely different.

Most of us spend our entire life chasing an unrealistic expectation, but never take the time to embrace the blessings of reality. Don’t be so focused on the destination that you miss the journey.

My expectations at this point in life:

– Married w/ kids

– High-paying job

– Preach around the world

– Be debt free

– Live in a beautiful home

– Be Famous

My reality at this point in life:

– Married w/ kids

– Living paycheck to paycheck

– I preach occasionally

– Lots of debt

– Live in an apartment

– Not Famous

The blessings in my reality:

I have a beautiful and healthy wife and son. We are expecting another child in February. We are a happy family who values and loves one another and centers our home on Jesus. We have food at every meal, our bills are paid, and our apartment is beautiful. We both have jobs that meet our needs. We have adequate transportation that allows us to get to and from our jobs. We have the opportunity to encourage men and women on a daily basis to walk closer with Jesus through Impact One Ministries. We are working towards paying down debt one-by-one. We have friends and family around us that love and support us.

I. AM. BLESSED.

“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I amI know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:11-13

Take a moment today and look for the blessings in your reality.

– Pastor Stuart Richardson

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