My Daughter was Right

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I flipped through the catalog and sighed. “If only I were a millionaire. Then I could buy all my clothes from this store.” My face downcast, I continued flipping.

“Maybe you just shouldn’t look at it.” The words tumbled from my daughter’s lips and struck me right across the forehead. 

Of course. How simple. I laughed aloud. No one was forcing me to turn the glossy pages. No one held my eyelids open and turned my face toward the smiling models. I could choose to put the advertisement down. I could choose contentment.

Does that ever happen to you? Do you catch yourself looking at someone else and wishing you had that house, or that vacation, or that dress, or that unblemished face (p.s. it’s probably photoshopped), or that job, or… or… or…? Does someone else’s life and lifestyle look more appealing than your own?

Maybe you just shouldn’t look at it.

It is simple to slip into the mode of comparison. Comparing our selves and our possessions with everyone around us. But this way of living invariably leads to discontent. It changes our focus, and when we focus on what we don’t have we lose our joy in what God gives to us. 

“Set your minds on things above not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2

The Apostle Paul exhorts us to look up, to look at Jesus. When we switch our focus from what we think we are missing out on to what Jesus has given us, we become grateful. When we look at the gifts in our own lives it becomes so much easier to rejoice with others over what God has given them. 

God gives each of us different physical gifts, but to ALL who believe he gives the gifts of righteousness, holiness, and forgiveness. By grace, through faith, any and all can have those blessings. In God’s kingdom there is no such thing as “haves” and “have-nots.” 

The next time I am caught up in all the things I don’t have, please slip over and quietly whisper “What are you looking at?"