Why Christians Need to Stop Being Obsessed with ‘What’s Next’


Being addicted to "what's next" in life can be a slippery slope. Learning to be content in any situation comes by relying on God. So, here's my encouragement to you.


Destination addiction is a serious problem. You’re never satisfied with where you are, you’re always looking ahead to the future. You think, “Well once I get a degree, then I’ll be able to get that job. Once I get that job, then I’ll be able to get that house. Once I start dating, then I’ll be happy. When we get married, then I’ll be satisfied.”

It never ends.

It’s difficult to be content when you know that there are more steps to climb. Naturally, when you don’t like where you are, you will want to move on. Sometimes God wants you to be content with where He has you so that you can cultivate a deeper relationship with Him. When you constantly uproot yourself from one area to the next, your roots don’t have the chance to grow very deep.

Why Christians Need to Stop Being Obsessed with 'What's Next'

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Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-13, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Contentment is the antithesis of destination addiction.

In the Bible, Paul tells us that he has learned to be content and that the secret of facing any and every circumstance of life comes down to leaning on God, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

When God is your destination, when you’re addicted to knowing Him and making Him known, then you can be content knowing that you can trust Him as you walk with Him for a lifetime.

He has a purpose for where you are and a plan for where you are going. You’ll never be where you want to go if you’re never satisfied with where you are.

Trust Him.