Relax. Take it easy. Consider all you have accomplished. Take pride as you survey your surroundings of comfort.
I have been reading through the book of Deuteronomy of late and am seriously finding it full of life. Yes, that same book of Deuteronomy found in the Old Testament, the fifth book of the law. In chapter 8 there is this solemn warning of having eaten and feeling satisfied. It feels like Sunday afternoon after chowing down on a wonderful lunch and then lying on the couch preparing for the big game, or better yet, a NASCAR race. It’s almost heavenly. Somewhere in the back of your mind you’re thankful for it all, that is to say, your house, your food, your family, your job, your car, your… Moses warns us as we consider all this (actually he says things like our flocks increasing along with our gold and silver) to be careful that we do not become proud and forget where we came from and Who it is that blesses us with these things.
I like the feeling of “satisfaction” as much as anyone. It feels like we have accomplished something. But, when pride becomes part of the equation it’s dangerous. When we become proud we forget God. Our focus creeps back to us. I heard someone say this past week that, in a sense, that’s why we’re made to worship God. If we do not worship Him, we will worship ourselves and our accomplishments and take satisfaction in what we have built. There is no greater depth of satisfaction than to follow and obey God. He keeps life exciting.