You are right, O God, and you set things right. I can’t argue with that. But I do have some questions:
Why do bad people have it so good?
Why do con artists make it big?
You planted them and they put down roots.
They flourished and produced fruit.
They talk as if they’re old friends with you,
but they couldn’t care less about you.
Meanwhile, you know me inside and out.
You don’t let me get by with a thing!
Jeremiah 12:1-4 (MSG)
One thing I have noticed a long the way; It is very difficult for us to stop comparing ourselves to others.
- “Why won’t you buy me a car? Every one of my girlfriends’ parents bought them a car!”
- “The only reason that guy got published was because he’s the son of someone famous. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Why don’t I have those connections?”
- “I went to my friends house. It’s so big, and it’s so beautiful. Why can’t I have that?”
- “That guy runs his business with less integrity than the mafia and he’s making money hand over fist. I try so hard to do the right thing and I can’t get a new client to save my life. What’s up with that?!”
- “Why does that guy win the lottery and I’m still stuck with more bills than income this month? What gives, God? How about giving me a break for once!”
- “At least I’m not THAT down-and-out guy. I must be doing something right.”
- “Awwwww. Her husband gave her flowers. Why does she get him and I’m stuck being married to such an insensitive dork.”
I am on my own personal journey. It is my journey and while there are certain things common to the human experience, it is still unique. God’s plan for someone else is different than His plan for me. Comparing their path and mine is apples and oranges. My job is to walk my own path well, and seek God’s will for me in each step. I will always be able to find others who appear to have it better, easier, and happier than I do despite the fact that they also appear to fall short of my own personal sense of self-righteousness.
“But Godliness with contentment is great gain.” I Timothy 6:6 (NIV)Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and Helga Weber