Do you compare your life to others?

Do you live with envy, lust, jealousy or the "I wishes?" You know what I mean...

I wish I was skinnier
I wish I was prettier
I wish I was richer
I wish I was happier

I had the "I wishes" for a very long time when I was growing up and truth be known I think it helped me get out of the poor life I had in my early years. But my thoughts were more like vision boards and dreams of "someday I will have...", but then the ugly jealousy and envy crept in and I started wanting things just because I saw someone else that had it. I craved that new car, I HAD to have a bigger house, please oh please can I have a body like that? If you run your life like that, you can never get to the pure joy of the essence of who you are!I received a birthday card this week that made me smile as I read the biblical quote in it:" There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who provides all of them in everyone" 1Corinthians 12:4-6

A funny thing happened when I put my joy and trust in Jesus; he gave me every dream and then some. I cry out in praise every day for this amazing life I lead, and I gladly will serve others with my spiritual gifts because they were built in me for a reason. I don't live with the "I wishes" anymore, and in fact I am so happy for people who achieve their dreams too and I celebrate the uniqueness in each of them.

You my friends are "fearfully and wonderfully made" and we are all we need to be; nothing more, nothing less. Use what talents you have and be proud of the person God has created. Don't compare, don't crave, don't be jealous; instead replace that thinking with words like; joy, peace, gratefulness, comfort, happiness and love....