"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:10)
Have you ever sat there and wondered why everyone else has a bright shiny life and yours is always a big mess? Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and wondered why your house, your clothes, your kids, your life don't measure up to the pretty pictures on everyone else's accounts? No? Oh good. Me neither.
Except that I do it all the time.
Because the grass is always greener on the other side, isn't it? And sometimes I can get caught up in comparing my grass to your grass. And then all of a sudden, I must have your grass. I am obsessed with your bright green perfectly manicured lawn because mine is parched and full of weeds.
At last year's IF:Gathering, Eugene Cho asked the audience if the grass is really greener on the other side, or if we just need to water the grass we're standing on. Ouch.
See, when I'm spending all that time obsessing over your perfect life (which of course isn't true, hello highlight reel), I'm neglecting the very gifts God has given me. When I worry about all the things I don't have, I miss out on what I do have. When I'm thinking about what I wish would happen, I forget to be present for the miracles that are happening right under my nose.
So I'm going to pull on my work gloves, start ripping weeds, and take good care of this life I've been given.
Prayer: God, you have blessed me in countless ways and entrusted me with so much love in this life. May I never again take it for granted by comparing myself to others.
Suggested Reading: Psalm 139:23