What seems like a simple facet of our everyday lives, has the potential to do more damage than you possibly realize!
Just this week, when taking my three kids into town, two of them had earlier been served ice-cream. At the end of a long day I decided to take the whole family out for mini ice cream desserts. (Being honest, this was purely selfish… I just wanted ice cream!) Upon informing the car that we were going for ice-cream, the ensuing screams of enjoyment were deafening. But within mere seconds, the one child realized that two kids had already had ice cream and so everyone getting ice cream wouldn’t be fair. So this particular child deduced (as opposed to ruining the ice cream dreams for the evening), that they should be allowed a larger size to make things fair. Of course, being the loving and fair parent I am, I said “NOPE!”
It’s amazing how quickly we can be excited about something we have until the moment we see that someone else has something else. And then, as opposed to remaining content with what we’ve been blessed with, we show discontent with what someone else’s blessings. And with that, we then usually judge those others based on whether we think they measure up to our standards of deserving that blessing. A moment of joy quickly turned sour for all because of the envy of one.
There’s a passage in Matthew 5:45 that says, “(God’s) sun shines on bad people and on good people. He sends rain on those who are right with God and on those who are not right with God.” Simply put, this scripture just tells us that it’s not up to us to determine who should or shouldn’t get whatever! God will bless whom He wants, how ever He wants.
It is up to us though to be thankful for what we have been blessed with and then to rejoice for others when they are blessed. I Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Always be joyful. Keep on praying, no matter what happens, always be thankful for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” We shouldn’t degrade someone else blessings, but instead should be a joy and encouragement to them.
You may not have all the things that someone else has, but if you can rejoice with them, you’ll find your outlook on life has the potential to soar higher than you could imagine. Be grateful for what God has placed in your life. Your times of blessings are but a rain cloud away.
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