Something better

I am blessed with some great friends. They have pretty homes and great cars. Most of them are married and have such wonderful families with loving husbands and extremely cute children. Oh and don’t even get me started on how much I love some of my friends’ clothes!

But do you know what sometimes happens? I get discontent, and I start comparing my life to my friends’. Wow, I wish I had that outfit or even the extra money to buy that outfit. If I were married, it would be easier to have a house rather than living in an apartment. Oh, what a nice new living room set my friend got when I haven’t been able to buy something new for a while. That friend was able to go on a great cruise. Why can’t I get to do that? I could continue, but I think you get the idea.

Thankfully, though, I never become envious and wish they didn’t have the blessings that they have. No. I just start to compare my life to theirs and to wish my life, my looks and my belongings were different and better. I look at what I have and wish I could change it.

At times, it is hard when everyone posts pictures and writes about all the good things they have or are happening to them. There are times when I have to put away my social media for a bit just so I don’t get discontent when I see my friends’ posts. You see, that is a way I can put away temptation—to avoid sinning by being discontent which can then lead to other sins like envy or anger.

How ungrateful it is to the One who supplies my needs and cares for me when I am discontent.  “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26).

Please don’t misunderstand. God does bless me with special things, as well as supply my needs. I have received many gifts from God. And that is what I need to remember when I begin to feel discontent—that God does take care of me and give me special blessings. That He loves me very much.

How about you? Do you struggle with this too? Do you find yourself discontent with what God has given you? Probably every one of us can say that we have struggled with this at some point. So, what do you do about it? Do you let that feeling fester until it becomes envy or even anger because you don’t have what someone else has?

Dear friend, I hope that when you begin to feel discontentment, you remember Who gives us our gifts. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17). He knows what we need and desire. He knows what is best for us. Trust Him. He always takes care of His children.

14 thoughts on “Something better

  1. Christine,
    You expressed yourself very well and your thoughts on the subject are so transparent. I believe it makes all of us have second thoughts on how we complain when we should appreciate what we have and are given! Thank You for reminding me/us how thankful we should be. 💜

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  2. Your message really hit home with me! You shared such a true and genuine perspective. Keep up the great words of wisdom! I will now look forward to keeping up with your blog😊 I love how the Lord has used you as a vessel🙏🧡🙏

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  3. It’s important that we remember Who gives us our blessings. Life sometimes gets in our way, God is good in His mercies and blessings. It’s nice to be reminded that we are all human and sinful, but God has his way of bringing us to our senses. He is using you in a mighty way. I praise God that you are answering His call. Thank you!

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  4. I would like to say thete is alot of things friends think and I for one wants to thank you for exspresing what is on your mind we bottle everything and feel terrible inside and forget the Lord knows us and want we think and how we are feeling Thank You my friend for this so much you said i thought you were telling others about me lol.Love you my friend and sister in the Lord

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  5. First all , thank you. And I struggle with this so much. And yes I discount myself to social media a lot because I see other people lives and wish I could have what they have (hence why I just discovered about your blog today. Lol)… especially seeing friends getting engaged, married or having children. I ask myself “Why, what’s wrong with me?” And if I don’t stop myself, I starting getting all these lies into my head about myself and that God is not blessing me with my past sins and mistakes. But if I start praying to God once a thought starts to creep in, I am reminded that maybe it is not God’s timing for me. God may be just be molding me to be more like Him. Oh it is hard. Sometimes it is fine but other days it just seems to be so bad. But I have to remember that I am beyond blessed in what God has given to me and that I just need to trust in Him. Our true joy comes from the Lord.

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