Even though God had given us so much, it’s hard not to compare ourselves to others. We look at their jobs, houses, cars, jobs, bodies, and even their families. We just have to look through our Facebook feeds to see what we don’t have.
Focusing on what others have can make us unhappy and dissatisfied in life. Sometimes we’re envious without even realizing it. We want our lives to be different, we want to have more, or worse, wish others had less. If we’re not careful, jealousy can start to take root.
Instead of practicing gratitude, we yearn for bigger and better things, becoming more discontent with what we already have. We get so caught up in comparing ourselves to others that we don’t even stop to enjoy God’s blessings, much less thank Him for them.
The Bible says satisfaction comes from doing your best, not comparing yourself to others: “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” (Galatians 6:4 NLT).
You can’t pay attention to your own work, your own blessed life when you have your focus on others. When you strive to be the person that God made you be, you’ll find satisfaction and joy.