Addicted by Ebonie Jones
Do life big! By the world’s standards, this means making as much money as possible, obtaining as much material possessions as possible, landing the coveted corner office and, of course, living in the best house, in the best neighborhood. Although none of these achievements are inherently bad, when we’re defined by the world’s standards, we all fall short. Why? Because humans are insatiable and the things of the world are addictive. They only provide a temporary fix.

We are never satisfied. We always want more and we always need more to feel complete. We always need the next upgrade to feel included and connected. This is why we stand on line for days at the Apple store. It’s not because it’s exciting and fun. Deep inside this product, this brand gives us a fix.

How often do we hear of individuals spiraling into depression and suicide because the company downsized? The panic of no longer being able to support a particular lifestyle coupled with pressure to keep up with the Joneses causes one to collapse. In processing this, we realize how much power the world and its actors have over our decisions and desire to fit in.

How do we break this cycle?

  • Redefine our standards

    Ideally, identify with God’s definition of doing life big. God’s idea of doing life big is executing His perfect will. He says that He can do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask or think. If God can do more that we could ask or think, imagine how much we limit ourselves when we only plug into what the world has to offer.

  • See the big picture

    Humans are shortsighted and interested in instant gratification. However, God wants us to invest in eternity and that means forfeiting a small reward for something more magnificent in the future. The problem is, because of sin, humans have been reprogrammed for the immediate. We must be intentional about seeing the big picture, which goes far beyond what our limited human minds can imagine.

  • Think supernaturally

    This is a seemingly impossible task for mere mortals. However, life consists of highs and lows. If we only see purpose in the highs, we will fold under the pressure of the lows. God works all things together for good. Remember, not all things are good. All things work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose. God is so amazing that the good things and the bad things work to give Him glory while transforming us. In order for us to be at peace with our lows, we must believe that God is busy working behind the scenes. What we see unfolding in the natural is only a small part of the story.

Ultimately, doing life big means relinquishing the self and investing into something and someone much bigger than what our five senses communicate to us. It means taking that bold step to redefine all that the world has told us and identifying with God’s standards and definitions, which never change.

About the Author

Ebonie Jones

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Ebonie-Marché Jones is the Bonding Ministry Cordinator at MyGen Church. Her mission is to encourage, motivate and inspire others to start with God, to develop the mindset of an overcomer, to make healthier lifestyle choices and to connect with others in safe spaces filled with love, support and encouragement. Her journey has taught her that it is impossible for fear and faith to co-exist and the road to peace is paved with forgiveness. Her favorite verse is "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago" (Eph. 2:10, NIV).

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