“Sometimes you compare your journey with those of your friends, family members, or even strangers who seem to be on easier paths. But you cannot fully comprehend the problems they face. Nor do you know what the future holds for them. Remember My response to Simon Peter when he asked about My dealings with John: “What is that to you? You follow me!”
~Jesus Today by Sarah Young
Comparison truly is an ugly thing. It replaces your happiness and joy with bitterness, jealously, envy, and hopelessness as we only begin to start seeing what other people have that we want. We think they have it all together–perfect family—perfect finances—perfect relationships–perfect health–perfect body–perfect home, but we truly don’t know the problems they face or the future that awaits them.
Years ago when I was a counselor for middle school students, I would often hear on a daily basis, “But, what about me?” or “Why does she… or Why does he…” It annoyed me because I would often think, “What does it matter to you?” and so my answer back was always, “You take care of you and let me worry about it.” I can’t help but think how similar God’s response to us must be when we start comparing, complaining, and contrasting our lives with others. I believe He is also saying, “You take care of you by keeping your eyes on Me and let Me worry about what it is that you want and need.”