Encouraging others to deepen their true, abiding joy in Christ
The Four-Letter Word That Trips Me Up
One of the many things I still struggle with every so often is comparing my life to other people’s lives. Here are some things I compare about myself with others. I compare my age to other people my age who are married or engaged. I compare myself to people who went to college, sometimes wishing that I had gone to college. I compare my art with other people’s art. I even compare my life to seemingly “normal” people’s lives.
Really, all this boils down to is the little tiny four-letter word “envy.” We don’t like to use that word; at least, I don’t. When I use the word “compare” it doesn’t seem as sinful. I mean, who wants to admit that they struggle with envy? No one, because it hurts our pride or it will maybe hurt a relationship. But in order to get victory over envy (or whatever you struggle with) we have to recognize that we need help. I know I won’t ever get the victory over envy here on earth without the Lord’s help. It’s so easy to mindlessly scroll through Facebook and get green with envy. I’ve been there. I have done that many times, and I’m pretty sure most of us have done that once or twice. I believe Facebook has a lot of positive things about it. Hello, I’ve communicated with people from London and Ireland before, so I’m not saying it’s horrible. When I get on Facebook now, though, there has to be a good reason.
I am still learning that I must find my full acceptance and value in Christ. It doesn’t matter what I look like or what scholarship I get or don’t get. Christ is enough! God is going to give us abilities and allow us to be a part of great things. We shouldn’t find our joy in what success God has given us because success will come and go. Instead we should find our joy in what He’s done for us. We are precious in His sight. We are valuable to Him!
Romans 8:18 says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
I can compare my life with others, but it’s not going to change anything. To some people who are quadriplegic, my life may look easy. No matter how we look at life, there’s always someone going through something worse than we’re going through. That’s why I long for Heaven. Yes, I’ll look forward to talking again and seeing Jesus. But I’m most looking forward to not struggling with my flesh and the struggle of bitterness and envy.
Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”