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When It’s Hard Not To Compare

Sometimes we may struggle with what we don’t have. We look around and see things others do. Jobs, spouses, the perfect family, grades, clothes, money, luxury, the list goes on and on.

We need to take a hard look at the reason why we desire these things.

Clearly, we aren’t content with what we have been given, and we are struggling with patience, and trust in God’s will and His timing. It is NOT about what others have, but WHY are we looking at others instead of God?

Often times the very things we think we truly need are deceiving lies.

The perfect family on the outside is the broken one on the inside. Money and luxury may indeed be grand, yet the individual feels anything but grand. A job may be nice, but a person was not simply handed it or if the person there is no sense of hard work and true accomplishment.

As followers of Christ we are meant to be humble. We are told to be happy in all circumstances, no matter how meager. In fact, the people and the things we desire, how do they connect to Christ? Are they Christlike?

All things will pass away, except what is refined in the Spirit, and love of Jesus Christ.

Keep perspective open. Be willing to settle for less, and then, look for the blessing in the less. That’s how we find true gain anyway.

Christ is everything, this world isn’t.

(NIV) Proverbs 24:19, “Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.”

Settling for the small prepares us for the big.Β 

How has God shown you it’s okay to not have everything you want?

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19 thoughts on “When It’s Hard Not To Compare

  1. Very true…I recognized that this world and the things in it are temporal when I started living and drawing closer to my Savior, when I was in the world I wanted everything, but now I am saved, I truly see that God is everything I need! I am nothing without him and apart from him I can do NOTHING! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  2. “Christ is everything, this world isn’t” – I find it’s when I forget what you have said here I am most distracted. It can be overwhelming, but awesome when I am reminded of what’s important. Thanks for your thoughts T.R

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  3. This is so relevant to my life. It’s easy to think more stuff=better life. I know this is not so, and yet I still struggle with it. My treasures must be the things moth and rust cannot destroy (Matthew 6:20).

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  4. This is true. God has given me a family, a place to rest my head, a job, friends, etc. I am content with what He has given me. It was not always like this, but I have learned to be content and it is the reason why I can say that I am truly blessed, grateful and happy today.

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  5. I liked this post. I liked when you said, “…we aren’t content with what we have been given, and we are struggling with patience, and trust in God’s will and His timing.”

    As Sharon said, “sometimes our need for materialistic gain shifts our focus from God.”

    We have to trust God and humble ourselves to His will in order for the blessings of that timing to be fulfilled.

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  6. True, sometimes our need for materialistic gain shifts our focus from God. What we need to understand is that we must fix our eyes on God at all times. He is after all Jehovah Jireh. Our God is a God of love and we must believe that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ!
    Sometimes God can test us and our faithfulness towards Him in this area of our life. πŸ™‚

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