Welcome to Day 15 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
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Have you been noticing all the gorgeous pumpkins everywhere you look?
All the colors and shapes. Truly amazing.
Several days a week I drive by a spot that has tons of pumpkins. I’ve had my eye on a bright Cinderella-style pumpkin. You know…the one in the shape of her carriage. It’s much nicer than the large one I purchased at Aldi for just $2.29. The other day I noticed it went home with someone. Not me.
You know what? It’s okay.
That wouldn’t always have been the case. I’m competitive and a few years back I needed to go to the greenhouse early to get the best selection of flowers for my containers. Or to the pumpkin farm to…yes…get the best-shaped pumpkins and gourds. And even then, you might find me looking to see if there was anything better, someplace else.
I wasn’t content. I was continuously striving. I got up early. I stayed up late. I tried to…do better….be better…. have better. So much so that I doubt that I really appreciated what I had. It was more like an achievement. Hollow at best.
I’m sure you’ve seen this quote on Facebook and around the internet:
Comparison is the thief of JOY.
It’s been attributed to Theodore Roosevelt. But, I couldn’t find real proof. Regardless….it’s a true statement.
If we want to be content, we must stop comparing ourselves, our families, our relationships, our homes, our clothes, our pets, our stuff to something else. I think it’s one of those small things that grows to enormous size without much trouble.
That pumpkin I bought at Aldi….. It’s got a nice shape. I wanted one I could afford and God took me right to it. A fresh shipment of them too. Not leftovers. They hadn’t been handled and tossed around. It’s a pumpkin I might have paid as much as $8 for in the past. I am truly grateful.
The Cinderella pumpkin I drive by…it’s got a nice shape too. In fact, it is (was) so nicely shaped and colored that I simply admired it for its beauty each time I passed. I didn’t need it. I had one. I didn’t want it instead of my Aldi pumpkin. God provided perfectly. Now if someone gave me that Cinderella pumpkin, I would be thrilled. But, having it or not having it does not affect my contentment.
Am I like that in every area of my life? Nope. But, I’ve made such drastic improvements, even I am amazed. There really are benefits to going through difficult times. When God says he works all things for our good (Romans 8:28), he really does. Our character improves if we allow him to mold us. A few years ago I had a choice. A choice to choose to be content. That was the first big step. God has given me grace beyond measure for making that “wise choice.” The second step I took? Choosing to be grateful. If there are more steps to take, they remain to be seen. I’m just grateful I made it to step two.
Here’s today’s tip for being content:
Be grateful. It works.
Day 15 Challenge: Do you find yourself doing the comparison dance? Have you found that comparison really is a thief and steals your joy? Are you thankful and grateful for the provisions in your life? What will you do to resist comparing yourself and your stuff with what you see?
I created a FREE printable of this quote: “Comparison is the thief of Joy” in an 8×10 for you to frame. You may download it here and print it on your printer or take to your favorite photo or copy center.
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