I think this is actually a great way to live. Let’s stop comparing our situations with other people’s. Ladies, let’s stop envying that girl’s legs or good looks and appreciate your own. Men, let’s stop comparing your career to the careers of your buddies. We need to be focusing on our own mental health, our own self-esteem, and our own unique callings instead of wishing we were someone or somewhere else.
I like the advice found in 1 Corinthians 7 (MSG) which says:
29-31 I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple—in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.
In other words live freely and uncomplicated. Keep it simple. Don’t allow what people or the world tells you is important affect you. This world is temporary. Let’s focus on things that actually matter like becoming all that God has created you personally to be.
In Ephesians 2:10 MSG it says:
7-10 Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
In other words there isn’t greener grass. God planted us all in His garden through acceptance of His Son and the grass is already green there. We all have favor.
Be content today to fertilize your own grass, to plant the seeds God has given you for your own field. You don’t need to envy anyone else’s.
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