Life was so different 20 years ago. I’m 21, so I obviously don’t remember what life was like 20 years ago, but my sources tell me it was a whole different ball game.
Hardly anyone carried a cell phone (and none of them were smart phones), if someone had a computer, it was stationary and was shared with the rest of the family. If you lost touch with a friend from high school, chances are you didn’t catch up with them unless you ran into them somewhere in public, and not on the internet.
Man, have times changed
The biggest competition in life 20 years ago was to keep with the Joneses (whoever they were anyway). The comparison trap started and ended with the physical world. Now, however, we battle to keep up with the Joneses, the Kardashians, the Smiths, and the *place name here* family.
Not only do we have the temptation to compare ourselves to our neighbor next door, but with the wild craze of social media, we have the temptation to compare ourselves with the girl in Paris.
They’re right when they say that technology has made everything easier. Comparison included.
But what if we put an end to the game? What if we called the enemy out on his bluff? What if we finally recognized what the root of comparison was?
Ultimately, comparison comes from a fear of the unknown. Which is (not suprisingly) the root of almost every sin we face. Why? Because the unknown is freaking scary man.
What if I die alone? What if I don’t make enough money? What if I have no friends? What if I don’t succeed? What IF?
But what if we trusted that God knows what He’s up to? What if we believed that He doesn’t need our help? What if we finally got it through our minuscule brains that worrying doesn’t help ANYTHING?
What if we truly believed that if we could see the story God is writing in our lives? We’d never be jealous of anyone else’s. HEAR THIS MY FRIENDS!
If you could see the story that God is writing in your live, you’d never be jealous of anyone else’s story.
That isn’t just a cute line that we save for an instagram caption, but an anthem to live our lives by.
Psalms 84:11 has always been one of my favorite verses (I have a lot lol). It says:
“For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”
At first, that may seem like a pretty anti-climatic verse. But when you dig deeper, it’s full of gold.
The last part of the verse says that God will “withhold no good thing from those who do what is right”. First of all, I believe this verse applies to all of us who are trying to do what’s right. Nobody’s perfect (cue Hannah Montana), but that’s why God has some big grace. So if you are trying your very best to do what’s right, this promise is for you.
That means that what you have in life at this very moment is God’s very best for you. What I have in my life at this very moment is God’s very best for me. How do I know? Because this verse promises that he won’t withhold any good thing from me.
He literally can’t. The Bible is a reflection of His character and He is never changing. So even if He got this crazy idea to hold back something good from me, something beautiful, He couldn’t.
That should bring you so much peace!
Are there things I would love to have right now? Of course (an acceptance letter to grad school, an airplane ticket to Greece, a shopping spree…) but as fantastic as all of those things are, God knows that they are not the very best things for me in this very moment.
I may feel completely different, but at the end of the day, He knows our souls better than we ever will. He knows what’s the best for me and He’s not going to withhold any of that. So I can rest in knowing that what I have right now is His best yes for me.
So when I get on instagram and see that girl that I’ve seen a billion times (the one who has a successful blog, a gorgeous husband, and enough plane tickets to see the world twice), I can rest in knowing that her life is not my best right now.
I can finally see that I can’t do what God has called me to do if I’m trying to do what God’s called her to do.
Right now God has called me to be obedient. Right now I am being called to write a (much less successful) blog than hers, but reach a crowd that she may never reach. Right now God has called to stay in school and show joy and contagious love to those around me. Right now I’m called to spread His love to my local town rather than the people who live by the sea.
I used to spend my days hating my calling and wanting to trade it in for hers, but now I rest in my calling being part of the most beautiful story being crafted up in heaven. And I definitely don’t want to miss out on that.
Live out your calling, not hers.