Perfecting Your Portion
We are in a time of desiring instant gratification and fast promotion. We want everything now, and when we don’t get something we want, in the timeframe we think we should get it, we easily get discouraged. We think, “why isn’t this happening for me like it did for them?” We question if there’s more we can do, or if we’ve made the right life decision, and constantly replay these thoughts throughout the day.
This is called discontentment, and the thing about discontentment that it opens the door for anxiety to enter your heart. Discontentment can also prevent you from seeing the blessings in whatever season you’re in.
Frustration during your single season is a great example of this. Far too often, singles (especially young women) get so wrapped up in “when is my mate coming” they fail to realize the beauty of their single season. Single seasons are key because they allow you to recognize and develop certain skills you can only learn when you’re alone. Before even introducing another person into your world, you must take the needed time to develop certain things about yourself.
How can you say you’re ready for marriage when you can’t even keep your apartment clean for more than a few hours or properly manage your budget? You still need to grow and be pruned appropriately before marriage is even an option for you. This same idea can be applied to wanting a promotion at work. Yes, you may want it, but are you ready? Do you show up on time? Is your work executed flawlessly? Are you trustworthy? Think about it before asking for more. A promotion means more work, and if you’re not perfectly executing in your current role, what makes you think you’re ready?
God needs you to perfect your portion before He can add more to your plate. Until He can see you can handle (and be trusted) with a little, only then will He give you more. Why? Because He will never give you more than you can handle.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) states, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
If you’re in a challenging season and don’t know if you’re doing enough, or feel like you should be farther along in life, take a moment to pray and thank Him for your current season. Thank Him for allowing you time to grow and be perfected. This is time you will never get back, so instead of worrying about the “what ifs” involved, appreciate current accomplishments and figure out what you need to learn about yourself during this time.