The Perfect Situation Isn't Perfect

Every once in a while we’re all tempted to peek over the fence to see if there’s a better opportunity out there. It’s human nature.

But...

Here’s the thing I’ve found: There are NO perfect situations. Every life, every family, and every organization has its own set of challenges. The temptation is to idealize someone else’s problems and become bitter about our own.

Two stories from the scripture come to mind: Adam and Eve & Peter and Judas.

Adam and Eve had a perfect environment and yet they were convinced that something was missing, so they ate the fruit.

Peter and Judas served under the perfect leader and yet Judas betrayed Jesus and Peter was convinced he was doing things completely the wrong way!

One had the the perfect environment, the other had the perfect leader, and still they found reasons to be unsatisfied.

The truth is we all struggle with this.

No matter how good our situation is, there will always be reasons to get frustrated. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to literally, out loud, tell myself to shut up because I’ve gotten into a giant mental gripe session about everything that’s wrong with our church that if “I was in charge” I would change. I know, it’s pathetic, but I’m convinced that eventually, it happens to all of us.

So what can you do?

Well, for starters don’t buy into the lie that grass is somehow so much greener in another situation. This is almost always NOT the case, and if it is in fact time for you to leave your church, don’t do it because you’re frustrated, do it because you’re called someplace else!

Secondly, remember the words of Paul to the Philipians: “Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS, again I will say rejoice.”

The salve for bitterness, resentment, and dissatisfaction is to rejoice! Take some time every day just to remember what God HAS done instead of constantly focusing on what has NOT been done and know that God hasn’t brought you to this point to dump you!

So, you’re not alone in your struggle. We’ve all been there, but it’s up to you from this point and forward not to carry that burden of resentment. Give it to God and rejoice in what you do have.

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Whitney George
Lead Pastor
Whitney George is the Executive Pastor at Church on the Move, where he oversees the operations and ministries of the church. Whitney is passionate about the local church and loves connecting with other church leaders. He and his wife, Heather, have five children and he loves Notre Dame football.
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