I think there is a growing monster forming in the Christian community. And it’s jealousy.
Speaking from personal experience, I find myself looking at other blogs thinking, “They are living the perfect life. They have joy. Happiness. Love. Unchallenged belief. They have it all… So why don’t I?”
We need to realize that we are all different. The path that God will take us down will be different. Where one person may flourish in the open air they might struggle in the depths of their heart. Never think that someone’s life is perfect. Because it’s not. We all make mistakes. We all go through hard times.
If I’m being honest with myself, yes I wish I was in a relationship right now with a boyfriend who is pursuing me like Christ pursues the church. Yes I want to love selflessly and generously like Jesus. Yes I want to give all of my money away and live like a hobo if it means one person is saved. Yes I want to find joy in every single situation. But I don’t have a boyfriend. I tend to be selfish sometimes. I can be materialistic. And right now I am far from happy. There is pain in my heart that I don’t know what to do with. And I find myself jealous of the Christians who seem to have it all.
Again I say, the truth is we won’t always get what we want, or understand why we don’t receive something when we would like it. I don’t understand the situation I’m in. I know God loves me. I know he will never leave me no matter how angry I get. I know of the joy I am capable of feeling. But I need to be cautious of the jealousy in my heart. Because that is eating away at my spirit.
Let’s stop being jealous of each other. Each person struggles in their own way. Let’s try and rejoice with each other in our differences. Let’s encourage each other in our triumphs and sympathize and help when we struggle. Jealousy will get us nowhere. We need to stop wishing we had someone else’s life and start living with what we have and become the person God wants us to be with the unique story he laid out for us.
Trust me. I’m preaching this to myself.
That’s all I have to say about that.