Just what does a really healthy person experience in regards to delighting in their God given design and the life He has given them?
When I discharge people from the day hospital, I sometimes tell them that my goal for them is that in a couple of years they might wake up, sit on the edge of their bed and feel intensely sorry for everyone else on the planet because the other people can’t be them, and being them is just so cool. Yet, not being them is OK because they can be themselves and that is pretty cool too. Of course, they laugh out loud at the absurdity of the possibility that they might like being themselves so much that they would feel sorry for others.
In Acts 26 29 Paul says, ” I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.” Now he was rejoicing in his being a Christian, but I think it went deeper and he had come to accept who he was, his time in history, his past, God’s unique design for each person, the tasks at hand etc. and he really could recommend to others “being like him”. I Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me as I follow Christ. Galatians 4 :12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am. I Corinthians 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. (single and celebate) This is what he was called to and he rejoiced in it not feeling sorry for himself.
Does feeling wonderful about all that your in present reality is true about you seem ridiculous to you? Maybe you need to take who you are, where you are, when you are, who are your people, what you are able to do, what you do have, who you are in Christ, and walk the second mile with them. The first mile would be to stop resenting them. We often feel that it is somehow spiritual to put ourselves down, but we are God’s workmanship and he has done a good job on each one. Those who feel like the least are actually the most important! The second mile is to rejoice and be grateful for all your current realities especially the ones you can do nothing about. The third mile is to seize a hold of those realities and enjoy what we have, minister to and love on and receive from who we have, and whatever your hands find to do; to do with all your might. The fourth mile is to delight in what the Lord has done in making you and preparing you to be the right one for the job and lastly bringing him glory by sharing with others how cool it is to be you and how cool it would be if they would let the Lord have his way in their reality as well.
Now we seek to grab the present reality and live it for God with enthusiam. This does not mean that we don’t try to grow and set limits and alter that reality as God leads. It just means that we start being grateful for the current reality and follow God’s lead from there.