Once I turn 16, I can drive.
Once I graduate, I’ll move to where I want to live.
Once I have a real job, I can buy a house.
Once my acne clears up, I’ll wear expensive makeup.
Once I meet the right guy, I won’t be alone anymore.
Once we start dating, he’ll fall in love and give me a diamond ring.
Once we get married, we can have a baby.
Once my baby stops nursing, I’ll get my body back.
Once this kid is potty trained, life will be so much easier.
Once she starts going to school, I’ll have more time for myself.
Once I get my blog together, I’ll feel like a writer.
Once I get a book published, I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something.
“Once this, then that” can take up our entire lives. How selfish these statements sound all piled up together. Can I ever just be content with what I have, with circumstances as they are? We all want something better, easier, newer, and complete. But it all takes time and effort. Nothing of value is immediate. Today, I read Romans 12:12 to “Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, be persistent in prayer.” Once I learn to be content and find joy in all circumstances, that’s when I can enjoy the process of life. Once that occurs, life also will become less about me, and more about God.