Joyce Meyer - Living A Life That You Love
Large majority of people don't even like their life let alone love their life. And I wanna love my life. You know why? You only get one go-through. You don't get to rewind. You don't get do-overs. We only get one opportunity.
And how many of you have already wasted some of your life? And you just prefer not to waste any more of it? Matter of fact, you'd like to really ramp it up to being great to kind of make up for some of the other mess that you had in the past.
You know, I'm calling this "Living a life that you love". But I probably could have called it, "Loving the life that you're living". However, I didn't think people would get as excited about that because if I say I'm gonna teach you tonight how to have a life that you can love you're all gonna think, "Wah-ho! I'm gonna get a brand new life. I'm glad I'm here tonight".
But if I say I want you to learn how to love the life you have, we're gonna be, like, "No way. I can't do that, no. No, no, no, no, no". You know, what you focus on in life is what you get.
This is a little Polaroid camera. Takes the cutest little pictures. Now, look, I'm gonna get whatever I focus on. I can get this pretty lady right down here in the blue. Whoops, there it is. Now this has to develop, you know, like most things we focus on. You focus on trouble long enough, it will develop into more trouble, amen?
Let's see, who else can I flip? Let's focus on Dave 'cause he whoo! That Dave, I'll tell you, man! There you go. Whoo! Look, isn't that cute? $50, you can just take pictures everywhere you go. I know, you got your selfies but I don't do good with those. So it's just an example.
You're gonna get what you focus on. What you focus on gets larger and larger in your life. It grows and it can grow to the point where it's just, like, totally out of balance.
It's like, if you look at what's wrong with your life, you can actually get to the point where you just hate your life. And you think that you've got the worst life ever, when really somebody else might look at your life and they might actually wish they had your life because they're seeing the stuff that you quit looking at a long time ago. Because you're so busy looking at all the stuff you don't like, you've forgotten what you do like.
You might marry somebody and you might get so focused on what you don't like that you forgot what you liked about them that caused you to wanna marry them to start with.
Do you wish you had somebody else's life ever? I wish I had your life. I wish I looked like you. I wish I had your skinny thighs. I wish, I wish, I wish.
Do you often think or say, "I'll be happy when"? I'll be happy when it's the weekend 'cause I hate my job. I'll be happy when I get a new job. I'll be happy when I get a new house, this house is too small. I'll be happy when I get married. I'd be happy if I wasn't married. I'd be happy if I could just have kids, I just want kids. And maybe your spouse doesn't want kids right now and you're just like, "I just can't be happy if I don't have kids".
And then someday you'll be saying, "I'll be so glad when these kids grow up and get out of this house". And then, of course, you'll have to be unhappy because you have an empty nest. You know, we always find something to be unhappy about unless we learn how to be happy in the Lord.
Well, why do so few people thoroughly love their lives? Well, obviously, there's more than one reason. But the first one I wanna talk to you about tonight is that we cannot live our lives totally for ourselves, being selfish and self-centered and ever love life. It is just not possible.
You know why? Because that's not the way God built us. God did not build us just to live for ourselves and serve ourselves and even in our walk with Him spend all of our time trying to get Him to give us what we want, amen?
That's not what it's all about. So that doesn't mean that God doesn't want us to have pleasure. Matter of fact, there's an insatiable desire in all of us that God put there for pleasure. We want to have pleasure and the Bible tells us that the thief comes to take that away but Jesus came to give it back. He came that we might have and enjoy our lives and have it in abundance, to the full, until it overflows.
But here's the key. God wants us to let Him give us the desires of our heart instead of us compromising our conscience to get things or to make things happen that God is not making happen yet.
For example, don't ever compromise on your job. Don't ever compromise your morals on your job to get a promotion. Don't do that. How many maybe young girls compromise their morality to get promoted in some industry? True promotion comes from God. And if we have to compromise to be promoted, then we're gonna get promoted into a place that's gonna make us very, very miserable and unhappy.