I was just thinking about my complaints about suburbia and desire to live in a certain ideal place. I question whether such thoughts glorify God, particularly in light of following Christ with the same kind of attitude:
1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was F10 in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
If I am to have this same mind, and do nothing from selfish ambition, then I must put be willing to put aside my dreams. What if God would like me to serve in the Frankston community right now and further on into the future? I don’t really consider myself naturally inclined to service at all. I read about following Christ, about loving my neighbour, and consider that I must determine to not have my own way. So I would love to escape suburbia ASAP, yet it may be that God would have me surrender my ambitions and live in a less desirable way. The best attitude I can have is to simply seek to be led of the Spirit, whether it be pursuing God-given dreams or being in less-than-ideal conditions. I don’t want to shoot my mouth off any longer about what I want for my future. Instead, I want to let God inspire my dreaming and planning.