The Dangerous Habit of Wishing Your Life Away

Wishing your life away is a dangerous habit.

This summer has been a time of introspection for me. My children are growing up. One is getting married, one is going into seventh grade, and one is entering second grade. Facebook Memories and outgrown clothes are proof that their childhoods are fleeting. The years gallop quietly by, proving that nothing can stop their passing.

Besides this changing season as a mom, I’ve heard about too many instances of untimely passing lately. Illness, suicide, drug overdoses – these things are claiming lives and parents are having to bury their children.

How often have I failed to bask in a good moment because I was too busy worrying about some “better moment” ahead?

Wives and husbands are parted by death too soon.

Friends who mean to get together for coffee never get the chance.

I’m guilty of wishing and yearning for time to go by. Forgive me Lord for the wasteful wishing I do.

Let the school year end so I can enjoy my summer.

Lord, please let this child sleep through the night.

Get potty trained.

Stop being a mouthy teenager.

Finish baseball season.

Forgive me, sweet Jesus. How often have I failed to bask in a good moment because I was too busy worrying about some “better moment” ahead? How often have I failed to ask God to sustain me through a time of difficulty, instead ignoring Him while projecting about tomorrows I’m not even promised?

In thinking about the relentless marching on of my children’s childhoods and the loss of life too soon, I’m challenged.

It always comes back to God’s perfect wisdom, though I chronically forget.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. -Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Teach me, Jesus. Help me to number my days, to appreciate them. Help me to relish them, even the bad ones.

If I’m busy worrying about and longing for what the future will bring, I am crushing the promise of the present.

This prayer for instruction isn’t just about missing out on my own life, my own family, and other dear ones.  It’s about missing out on the Kingdom Calling of this life.

God has an assignment for me. If I’m busy worrying about and longing for what the future will bring, I am crushing the promise of the present.

I’m reminded of the Parable of the Sower, found in Mark 4. The parable relates to the sowing of the seed of God’s word and how it falls on a variety of soils, with each location having a different result. The soils represent the hearts of different kinds of people.

In Mark 4:18-19, he describes

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. (NIV)

This is a startlingly accurate snapshot of my life and heart at times. I’m so caught up in the “worries of this life” that I fail to embrace the blessings of this life. I want to be fruitful.

Wishing your life away will ultimately cause you to miss out.

Wishing your life away robs you of today’s beauty.

Wishing your life away steals you away from those you love.

I’m so caught up in the “worries of this life” that I fail to embrace the blessings of this life. 

God, help me to see the beauty and lesson of each moment, both good and bad. Revive my spirit and renew my mind so that I number my days and “gain a heart of wisdom” before anything else.

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Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.

5 thoughts on “The Dangerous Habit of Wishing Your Life Away

  1. I am guilty of wishing and never following through! TY for this beautiful post reminding me
    how important it is to follow through and remember that life is too short. Last week God
    dropped in my spirit to call one friend a day, just to say hi!! Not sure if I will always be perfect
    doing that but what a sweet thing to strive for … to reconnect with ladies by phone instead of
    relying on FB. Thanks again for your sweet post! ❤

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