Ever feel like someone has hijacked your life?
There is this girl I know (okay, I don’t really know her, but I know about her) who is living my dream life. She owns and operates a big cattle ranch with her husband, writes and speaks at all the places I want to, authors books, is beautiful and to top it all off, she is in her early 20s instead of my ( 30 is approaching way too fast) late 20s. She’s a Christian too, so she’s got the all-important eternal life thing going on as well.
Sometimes I can’t help but wish I was her. She seems to have life all together – doing all the things that I hoped to do in my life and she’s years younger than me! Sadly though, she’s not the only one I envy…. successful bloggers, other mothers, better crafters, people who don’t have debt … my envy list goes on and on. I bet there are some people that you are envying too. There is a huge temptation to compare ourselves with each other and want what others have (the Bible calls that coveting – ouch)! It’s one of the easiest sins to fall into.
When we start the whole envy conversation in our head, we need to start thinking about front porches – you know that place on your house that you like to keep visitors at when the inside of your house is a disaster! (I have totally been there!) Like our physical front porch we have an emotional one too. And unless you really get to know someone, all you ever see is the front porch of their life. We can make our lives look pretty darn good from the porch.
Honestly, I don’t know what life is really like for that girl I have been envying. She could have more stress and heartache than I have ever had. But even if she doesn’t, Jesus assures us in John 16:33 that in this life we will all have trouble. Every single one of us.
So next time you start wishing you had someone else’s life, remember that you are just seeing their porch. Life could be quite a mess just inside the front door.
Join me next Tuesday for Part 2 of this series! I’ll tell you more about what the Bible says about envy and share some insights from my life! Photo Credit