Recently, I was reading a convert’s testimony, and one of her thoughts flew out at me.
The idea is, that being human, we tend to compare ourselves and our lives to those that have more than us. This tendency, coupled with the intense marketing of Hollywood and our culture, many times leads us to covet what we don’t have. It’s such an “exciting” world out there, and we are missing out! We start to focus and want (the catch phrase for this desire is “dream”) all the things that we feel we are missing out on. Material possessions, status, beauty, glamor, lifestyle, education level, etc., start to dominate our thoughts. We may even begin to wonder why God hasn’t blessed us with these things. Why would He provide certain things for others, and not for us?
When we allow our thoughts and heart to dwell on what we don’t have, we are stuck in the “me” position. As much as we don’t want to face the truth, that is a very selfish place to be.
Instead of looking at all that WE don’t have, the better focus would be to open our eyes to the people around us that have much less than we do. Not to feel “better” about ourselves in comparison, but to learn to be content and grateful for the gifts God has blessed us with, and look for ways to help our brothers and sisters.
In essence, we need to change our focus from looking toward ourselves, to looking outside of ourselves and seeing a world in need.
Lord, thank you for all the grace and blessings you have bestowed on me through your loving Spirit.
I ask that you open my eyes to the ways I can share your love and the blessings in my life, with all those who are in need.
Please enlighten me to become more aware of those who are hurting and lonely, and open my heart so I know how to be of help to them.
Reveal to me those who are hungry in order that I can share with them…not only food, but also love and friendship.
Open my heart and fill it with compassion, for those who are traveling a dark path without You. Help me to be there in love for them, instead of judging them.
Help me to always be grateful for the mercy you have bestowed on me, and empower me to always search for a way to love those you place in my life each day.
For it is through that love, that they will see your face when they look at me.
The Happy Prince This is a beautiful story of selfless giving. It has been my favorite since I was a child. There are parts I literally can’t read out loud because they touch my heart so deeply. Enjoy.