19/ 03/ 17
As an active participant in all things pop-culture, being grateful for the things that I have can really be a struggle for me. Especially when it comes to comparing myself to other people. A lot of times I find myself having to step back and realized just how blessed I really am and that I can’t bring even the most prized of my materialistic possessions with me to Heaven when my time here on Earth runs out, whether that be tomorrow or eighty years from now. Thank God (No pun intended 😉 ) that I have a relationship with Christ that allows me to gain a genuine perspective on my life and the things in it.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galations 1:10
One way in which Satan constantly tries to attack me is by tempting me to compare myself to other people. Whether it’s because they have a newer car than me, a better body than me, a bigger home than me, or a better sense of fashion than me; I fall for this allurement all the time! It’s so hard in a society that is ruled by social media to not fall into this evil trap. It can warp our minds to make us believe that we are less than what platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat tells us we must be. We need to be sure of our worth in the things that we are lucky enough to have. As Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous line goes, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” There are many aspects of our lives that we simply cannot alter; things such as our family situation, the house that we reside in, or certain health situations. We need to be able to accept these things. Only then will we be able to move past them and recognize the most beautiful blessings in which God has put in our lives. However, this idea of constant contrast is a two-way street. When we see someone walking to school while we are comfortably in our car, our egos mustn’t grow because we assume that we are richer than them. When we see a woman with scraggly hair at the grocery store twenty minutes after we just left a high-end salon, we mustn’t believe that we are more beautiful than them, and when we pass rundown trailer parks on our way to our large abodes, we mustn’t believe that we are more polished than the people that live in them. Looking down on others can be just as detrimental to us as looking down on ourselves. Comparison makes a gap in our relationship with God that is just wide enough for the devil to creep into and make himself comfortable. It tarnishes any amount of self-assurance that is in us and makes us feel less than enough to pursue God’s plan for our lives.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
God has our a plan for our lives that is so great! We can only begin to pursue this plan when we realize that we are utterly and completely BLESSED. Jesus has already placed in our lives, exactly the things that he wants in it. What he has given us, he uses to prepare us for the next season of our lives. Whether these possessions teach us how to be grateful in a bad situation, or teach us to be humble in an extravagant situation, every single thing in our lives serves a purpose. Christ has us exactly where he wants us. He is aware of our dreams and desires and plans on enabling them to thrive! That being said, we must always step back, take a deep breath, and remind ourselves that we are worthy. We are able. We are more than enough. Our situations and our belongings do not define us. What defines us is our contribution to expanding the kingdom of God.
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8
Remember that in whatever circumstance you may be in, you are always #blessed.
Stay fit, fab, and faithful!