One child might be concerned that another is faster, smarter, skinnier, prettier, more popular, more talented, more successful, etc.… We try to explain that God makes everyone different and has a special purpose in mind for each person. Which means each child will look different, have a different vocation, a different ministry, a different income, a different family size, a different amount of popularity or success, different hardships, etc.
We explain 2 Corinthians 10:12 teaches us that comparing ourselves is not wise. As long as our eyes are on ourselves, our circumstances, or others, we will not be able to focus on God and His purpose for our life. Looking at these other distractions can cause us to become envious, discouraged, bitter, judgmental, boastful, or worse!
On the contrary, when we rest in God’s plan for our lives, we can experience the joy of saying as Timothy said in 2 Timothy 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
When we accept His plan, we won’t have to criticize the successes of others. We won’t have to brag to boost our own ego. We won’t have to “keep up with the Joneses” to experience fulfillment. We won’t have to compare or despair! We won’t become bitter; we’ll become better!
One of the greatest lessons we can learn in life is to simply TRUST God. We often focus on and fret over the details of our circumstances, schedules, abilities, relationships, looks, finances, etc.… while forgetting the most important lesson we can learn:
HE is in control and is ABLE to meet our TRUE needs!