As humans we love to compare ourselves with others. We compare our homes, our cars, our clothes, our hair, our marriage, our kids, our jobs, just about everything we own and are, with others. So often we feel like things are always better for those we compare ourselves to. We get that “The Grass is Always Greener” complex”. I heard someone say, “If your neighbor’s grass is greener, then maybe it’s time to start watering your own.”
If we could learn to stop comparing ourselves and make the most out of what we have, I think we would have a lot more joy. Often times we think someone else has it so much better than we do and if the truth be known, they might be looking at us thinking the same thing.
Life is hard. No matter who you are, you will face pain and difficult circumstances. But if you are a Christian, you have the hope that Jesus gave when He said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 New Living Translation) I am so thankful that I can depend on Jesus to be my source of strength even in the most difficult of times.
If you find you are starting to feel sorry for yourself because someone else’s grass is greener than yours, water your lawn. It will start looking green before you know it! Refuse to compare yourself and your things to others. Be grateful. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Instead of comparing and complaining, start thanking God for what you have. We can always find something to be grateful for. What are you thankful for today?