If Only I had That Life....
Let's face it. We all do it. Every once in a while, we'll find ourselves glancing at someone else's life wishing we had just what they had - their look, their status, their career, or dare I even say, their spouses! While this is a human tendency, giving in to it, can and will ultimately lead down a rabbit hole of ingratitude.
Let's take the story of the Israelites' journey in the wilderness as an example. A lot of the words they uttered while on this voyage, revealed the same feelings:
"If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” - Exodus 16:3
"We remember the fish we ate freely in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic." - Numbers 11:5
"Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? Must you also appoint yourself as ruler over us?" - Numbers 16:13
The scriptures readings above, are a few of many that recollect the mindset that the children of Israel had through the wilderness and even thereafter. Time after time, they'd complain and wish they were back in Egypt because they were convinced that life was much better there. Still, God in His infinite mercies, will provide and they will rejoice only to fall back into the habit of comparing again, once faced with the slightest glimpse of trials.
Does this resonate with you? Are you weary from going through the same cycle of comparing, complaining, rejoicing, comparing, complaining, rejoicing....? God desires for you to be free and whole in Him. Comparison is a cleverly devised weapon the enemy has created to get us to be ungrateful to God which will ultimately lead to distance and separation from Him. Do not fall into the trap. Your Father loves you dearly and will always provide for you. Rest in Him knowing that the life you are living is still in His control and be grateful for it.
Rejoice with others.
Submit your plans and desires unto the Father.
Abide in the peace and safety of His love.
Theodore Roosevelt once said: "Comparison is the thief of Joy." I am going to take it a step further and say: "Not only is comparison the thief of Joy, it is also a seed that ultimately breeds ingratitude."
It is my prayer that reading this brings you back to being centered and grounded in your Creator. Keep your eyes on Him and remember to always stay grateful.
Blessings and Love Always,