“The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.” That’s how the old proverb goes, doesn’t it? While it may be tempting to call the saying a cliché, one can’t deny the truth of its words. After all, there are times when it’s hard not to look at your neighbor and envy what they have. Maybe it’s how happy they seem, or how well their children are doing in school. Either way, you suddenly find yourself asking questions like,
“Why can’t my life be like theirs? Why doesn’t God make me as successful as they are, as beautiful as they are, as interesting as they are? Why am I stuck with this?”
In a resent blog post, Kathi Lipp explained that she had started blocking certain friends on her Facebook page, not to be cruel, but so that she could work against her own discontent.
“I go along in my life, practicing my gratitudes. Not always getting it perfect, but definitely making progress. And then I run across a post from a friend who talks about their poor choice, or the poor choice of one of their kids, and they do it with humor and grace (because the worst choices can make the best stories,) and it encourages me, and makes me want to rally around my friend and do the dance of the sister-in-arms – we may trip, we may stumble, but because we are linking arms, and loving each other, we will not let each other fall. And I keep dancing.”
The beauty of the Christian message is that God has a plan for all of us, plans to help us and not to hinder us (Jeremiah 29:11). There may be days when we get upset, or feel discontent with our lives, but in those moments it’s important to remember Christ’s blessings and take nothing for granted. Author Whitney Hopler, while reviewing Dr. Don Wilton’s book A Hope for the Future, writes that there are several ways to overcome discouragement,
"Pray. God already knows how discouraged you feel, but He wants you to talk to Him about your feelings and listen for how His Spirit guides you. Honestly vent your frustration to God and keep in mind that He cares about what you're going through. Ask God to open your eyes spiritually so you'll be able to see your circumstances from His perspective. Pray for deliverance from circumstances that aren't God's will, and perseverance to empower you to endure circumstances that are His will until you learn all you're supposed to learn from them.
Remember Who God is. Shift your focus from your discouraging circumstances to God Himself. Remember that He is love, and also that He is all-powerful. Trust that God will help you because that's consistent with His character.”
Do not allow jealousy or disappointment to infect your heart. Instead, look for things to be grateful for and find a way to count your blessings. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep, and allow Christ’s teachings to lead you into a new day.
*This Article Published 7/18/2013
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