You do it. I do it. We notice what other people have. Or what they accomplish. Or how they live. And we don’t think we have enough.
Slam the brakes!
To stop comparing would give us more time to be happier. If we stop wishing for the next cool thing, we may just appreciate what we have right now.
I remember in our first year of marriage there were times when we had $2.00 to last from Wednesday to payday on Friday. And you know what? We were just as happy then as we are now. When I get caught up in the mindset of comparing and wanting more, with a quick jolt I remind myself things are things but a peaceful life centered on Jesus is what I should crave more.
And when I experience time with a homeless person that quick jolt becomes a kick realizing I have a home to sleep in at night.
For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle.” I Corinthians 4:7-8 MSG
Enjoy life...just the way it is. Stomp on the brakes. Stop with the comparing. Settle in. Thank Jesus for what you have.
Your gratefulness will spill into someone else’s life, you will be happier and it will show.