Comparing ourselves with others is a killer of joy. It poisons our hearts and minds, and we overlook the blessings God has given us. So, we should learn to find joy even in the ordinary by being grateful even in the smallest things.
Once there was a little girl who always felt like she was her father’s favorite. Until one day, while enjoying all the toys her father gave him, her big sister sat beside her. Then she saw her big sister’s toy bigger than hers and started to frown. The joy painted on her face turned dull, and she walked out of the room. She complained to her father, but her father’s response was mere, “My dear, your big sister needs that toy, because she’s already big.” The little girl didn’t understand and walked her way out from her father and cried.
Sometimes, the little girl in the story is us. We feel blessed and grateful until we see somebody having more, compare ourselves, and then complain to God. It’s how the enemy discourages us for us to turn our backs on God instead of being grateful to Him.
How To Be Grateful?
Know and discern your season. Is it a time of sowing or reaping? Is it a time of preparation or receiving? We tend to lose sight of God’s moving in our life when we look and compare ourselves with others. Failing to discern our season would eventually lead us to try to copy somebody else’s life. Which only leads to a spiraling downward path.
To be grateful is acknowledging that God’s ways are perfect in your life.
It is written in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
When we trust God with His ways in our lives, we become grateful even in small things and learn to rejoice in other people’s victory.
Therefore, relentless woman, know your season and let God come through for you. Maybe during this time, He is preparing your heart, molding you for your biggest breakthrough. So, while you are here in this season, find joy in the ordinary, and be confident of Who is with you.
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” -Psalm 9:1