June 29, 2010 § 6 Comments
Must be nice….. She seems to have it all together. Why am I stuck doing _____ and he gets to do something I have been wanting to do for a long time? Why does everything seem to come easy to them and we have to struggle?
Sound familiar? Can you think of a time in the last day, week, or month that you have entertained even one of those thoughts? Have the words “it must be nice” escaped your lips lately? I know I have thought those thoughts and said “it must be nice” more than once lately. It is everywhere. We compare our hair color or amount, our dress size, the bulk of our muscles, the make and model of our car or phone. We even compare gadgets. Let’s face it comparing ourselves is the American way. The question is, “is it God’s way?”
Comparing ourselves leads to discontent with what we have and who we are. Suddenly our phone that has served us well and meets our needs is not as “cool” as someone else’s. Maybe our spouse isn’t as helpful or supportive as our neighbor’s spouse seems. We wish we were better at keeping our house organized and we want to be more like our friend or sister who seems to have it all together. We want to be more free-spirited like our neighbor whose family seems to be having spur of the moment fun constantly. Most of us have that one person in our lives that we idealize. We think, he has it all together. He or she has the job, the house, the spouse, the kids, the dog, the boat, the charisma. I want to be like him or her…
Oh friends listen to Isaiah, “Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?'” (Isaiah 49:9b) God has made us for His perfect plan in His perfect way. God planned your “imperfections” as well as your strengths. God doesn’t want you checking out everyone else. Saying if only I could sing like that or it “must be” nice having that car. He wants usto say with the Psalmist, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14b He wants us to give back to Him what He has given to us. He isn’t asking us to be something we are not. He only wants us to be faithful with the things He has given us. He only wants all of us!
So the next time “MUST BE NICE” starts to knock around in our brains, let’s use it as a thankfulness cue. Thanking God for how He made us, what He has given us, and where He is taking us. What are somethings you are thankful for today? Comment below. I’ll start.