A while back, I received an e-mail from Linked In, and it was a perfect representation of how today's society wants us to think of ourselves. In fact, the message that Linked In is trying to convey is a message that you'll see on most television commercials, printed ads, and the hidden purpose of social networks: Don't be content with what you already have.

When I first read the e-mail (pictured below), I thought, “congratulations to those people who've found new careers! I truly wish them well.” But, unfortunately, I get the feeling that was not the feeling the e-mail was intended to produce. When you get to the bottom of the e-mail, it's asking me if I made a career change or learn new skills recently.

What if I didn't change my career or learn any “new” skills this year? Am I supposed to be comparing my life to my co-workers and neighbors? Am I supposed to feel bad to see other friends and colleagues make changes in their careers and not make any myself? Am I suppose feel inferior to them if they've learned new skills and I didn't?

I am where I am today because this is where God has lead me and I've never been happier. I follow his lead and he provides me with everything I need. If anything is to change in my life, it will be on his terms, not because of what I see others doing. And, because it is God's will that I'm serving, rather than mine or of someone else, I know I'll succeed.

I find it very saddening to see today's society so focused on coveting what your neighbor has or envy what they may have accomplished. In society's eyes, we're obviously not supposed to be content with our lives, no matter with what we've been blesses. We're always supposed to want more or desire what we do not have. It's no wonder that there are so many unhappy people in the world today and so many of them sick from the stresses they put upon themselves.

One of my favorite books of the Old Testament is Ecclesiastes and what it teaches about how to really enjoy the life God has given to you.

Sun Tzu had nothing over King Solomon. ;o)

The Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 5
18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.