Why Do We Need to Have It Our Way?
- Tuesday, July 02, 2013
In 1974, Burger King, the No. 2 hamburger chain in the world with over eleven thousands restaurants at the time, launched its most successful advertising campaign and legendary slogan, “Have it Your Way.” It resonated among its patrons and propelled the restaurant’s popularity.
Since then, Burger King has tried a number of other campaigns over the years, but time and time again has returned to their vintage motto because according to many, it fits so well with the emphasis in pop culture on individuality, being unique and wanting things our own way.
I wonder how many of us have been deeply influenced by this “societally-infused” notion.
Has this mantra been so ingrained in us “to want (and often demand) to have it our way” we almost feel as if we deserve it?
Has this mode of thinking caused us to lose hold and even lose sight of what God wants for us and how He desires for us to live?
For those who don’t have a spiritual compass and aren’t trying to please the Lord, the task is pretty straight forward and even simple - live for yourself and seek to have it your way. However, for those of us who are truly trying to live a life honoring to and for the Lord in this troubled world, the mission can be difficult and quite challenging.
I often find myself in a struggle over what (I think) I want and what (I perceive) God wants for me. Even when it seemed somewhat clear, there have been times when I didn’t “feel like” considering His or anyone else’s view except for my own.
However, over the years, I have worked in a position where I have been responsible for “serving” others, not only in a “single moment of time,” but in a day-to-day twenty-four seven on the road traveling situation. Living and working together in the confines of a four-hundred square foot space away from home for weeks on end can be trying at times.
What this experience has taught (and trained) me to consider is “what would be best for the group as a whole,” not a “what I want for me” mentality. It has been a great exercise (of sorts) for me to “practice” putting other’s desires ahead of mine and to learn how to cope with not having my way all of the time, or even at all, while being accepting and compliant with it.
This newly found “attribute” has positively translated into my personal and spiritual life. Nevertheless, even as I show more patience for others and painstakingly seek the Lord for some clue, hint or message to direct my path, I still feel left in the dark at times, like David did.
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall (Psalm 13:1-4).
Do you ever feel as if you’ve waited for what seems like a lifetime for a direction from the Lord and now just want to give up (or give in) and do it your way?
Have you tried to make something happen the way “you” wanted only for it to not work out and wonder what else you can do?
Most of the singles I know have experienced these feelings at some point in their journey.
Like many, what I had studied (specifically for) in college is a stretch from what I am doing today, but in the process I cannot look back and regret the path my life has taken since I have made some amazing life-long friends, traveled the world, had incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and been able to comfortably support myself along the way.
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