Coveting and Contentment

I’m going to be more honest than I’d like to be right now. Sometimes I find myself coveting the success of other people. Ouch! That’s a hard thing to admit. I think it somehow says that I am not content with who and where I am and if I’m honest…I can’t necessarily say that I am. I look at people who I perceive to be “ahead of the game.” Those that have sold more books than me, those that have acquired the titles of wife and mother, those that have more money and are recognized for their work and I must say…I ask God…what about me? I know that sounds selfish. I know that isn’t the most Godly thing to say. But hey, this blog is about laying it all out there…about being transparent. I do feel that way sometimes.

It’s not that I haven’t accomplished anything. I have. It’s not that I haven’t been blessed because I have. I’m proud of what God has allowed me to do in my life. But yet…I can’t help to think that some of His promises have skipped over me a few times.

I prayed about that today and this is what I realized: All of the promises of God found in the Bible are for us…no question. However, we have to be very careful in how we interpret our own lives and the lives of those around us. The promises of God ARE for all of His children but they will not be manifested in the same way. If God says that “if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart.” We must understand that none of our desires are the same. I may desire to be a mother and so may someone else…but motherhood will look quite different between me and that other person. The promises will not manifest the same because we all have a different assignment on this earth and a very distinct part to play in God’s Kingdom agenda.

That’s why he calls us to be content in everything. Not complacent. He still wants us to “do the work” but we (I) must steer clear of coveting what the next person has or does. I heard someone say once… “it’s easy to want what another person has but are you willing to do (or go through) what they did to get it.”

It’s better to stay on your own path. Stay in your own lane and allow God to direct your path.


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