I have seen something that is rather troubling. So many believers are dissatisfied with their lives. They want the proverbial, “greener grass on the other side of the fence.” They wish for something that is “just like what someone else has.” They want to go on a cruise like their friend was able to do. They want a big house like one of their relatives. Small business owners keep looking at companies that are more successful. I met a guy who looked at his wife and wished she was more like his best friend’s (yeah, I was shocked and saddened by that revelation, too). One brother was looking at some of those “Big” ministries and wanted to have the following as they have. Shocking and disappointing. I think of writers and artists who can’t find the success as some of those other ones.
Look, I suppose that there is nothing wrong with a little daydreaming once in awhile (except about someone else’s spouse), but we always need to bring our minds back to being thankful for what we have. God tells us in His Word to never covet what someone else has:
“Don’t treasure anything that belongs to someone else. Don’t want anyone’s house, wife or husband, slaves, oxen, donkeys or anything else.” (Exodus 20:17)
Let’s get personal. No, I am not going to ask if you covet the slave or donkey of someone else. But, if you think of everything available to you as a believer, there is certainly no need for you to covet what someone else has. You are unique in our Savior’s eyes, and he has gifted you to be who and what you are. I may be able to teach a verse or two, but I can’t play guitar like my Pastor or sing as good as many of you. All we have to do is spend the time reading the first three chapters of Ephesians, and you will see that you have enough blessings to last a lifetime.
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms [why did He do that?] because we are united with Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
Take time to enjoy all the many blessings our Father has given you and live each day to the fullest, enjoying who you are, where you are and what you have. Forget about all the earthly blessings; they are temporary rewards. As Jim Elliot so wisely said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
You don’t need to be concerned about what others have. Just love what you have – God’s love and blessings, and His promise to take care of you. What more do you need? Love what you have and don’t worry about tomorrow. God will be there to fulfill every one of His promises. Stay thankful! Amen and amen!!
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