It’s funny how you can be grateful for the job that you have…until you talk to your neighbor about his job and see that his pay is better.
It’s funny how you can feel blessed with the relationship you have with your husband or wife… until you log onto facebook and based on what your neighbor posts assume that theirs is so much better.
It’s funny how happy you can be about using the gifts and talents God has given you to serve others…until you look at your neighbors and they seem to be using theirs better.
It’s funny how you can be so satisfied with your life… until you start thinking that your neighbor is living it better.
I don’t know what it is about us humans but from the moment we are born we want the best for ourselves.
As toddlers we fight for the best toys.
As kids we argue about who gets the best seat in the car.
As teenagers we complain to our parents about what “so and so” always has that we need.
As adults we are always eying our next door neighbor to see if his car, his house, his career, and his life is better.
And the more we compare our lives to others the more dissatisfied we become with our own.
Instead of appreciating our blessings we start being jealous of our neighbor’s blessings.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Not only does comparison steal our joy but often times it develops resentment within us toward our neighbors, our family members, and our friends.
And sometimes we even begin resenting God.
Instead of thanking Him for what we have, we start complaining about what we don’t have.
We start asking Him about why our neighbor is better off than us.
And we stop being thankful for the many ways that He does meet our needs.
In Galatians Paul talks about how we need to be careful to test our own actions and carry our own load without comparing ourselves to others (Galatians 6:1-6).
In Ecclesiastes Solomon talks about how working hard just to be better than your neighbor is meaningless and just chasing after the wind (Ecclesiastes 4:4)
In Exodus it talks about how we should not covet anything of our neighbors, whether it’s their possessions, their relationships, or any other thing that catches our eye (Exodus 20:17).
Because envy and jealousy literally can take the life out of us. According to Proverbs 14:30 it makes the bones rot.
Not a pretty picture, is it?
But isn’t that the truth?
When we are too busy looking at what our neighbor has we have no time to be joyful with what we have.
Our mind is consumed with getting the bigger, better thing.
And we are restless until we finally find whatever it is that we think will make us happy.
The bigger house. The nicer car. The fancier clothes. The better job titles.
But the truth is… your neighbor will always have it better in some way or another.
Even if you are better off than him today, you might not be tomorrow.
And the comparison game will never end.
Today… if you spend too much time caring about what others have that you don’t, get off that merry-go-round because it won’t lead you anywhere.
Stop looking at your neighbor and start looking at yourself.
Be too busy counting your own blessings to count your neighbor’s.
Be too busy being thankful for how God is providing for your needs to be resentful of how God is providing for your neighbor’s.
Be too busy loving the life that you have been given that you have no time to be jealous of someone else’s.
And if you just can’t help but compare, then why don’t you compare your life to someone who has less than you?
To the homeless man holding a sign on the street?
To the orphan child in Africa who doesn’t have a piece of bread to eat?
Maybe it’ll help put a few things in perspective for you.
Today… don’t be bitter about your life and your don’t have’s.
Be grateful about what you do have.
Don’t hurt God with constantly needing what your neighbor has when He’s given you just enough.
Be thankful that He’s given you exactly what you need and don’t ask for more.
Don’t waste your time looking at your neighbor’s yard anymore.
There’s nothing there that you are missing out on.
Count your blessings today. You just might realize that you have more than you think! -Anna… ♥
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” – Ephesians 5:20