Thursday, 13 August 2009

Up or Down?

When it comes to comparing ourselves with other people, our natural inclination is to compare 'UP'. By this I mean, we look at those who seem to have more money, more gadgets, more security, better lifestyles etc. Sadly, this only feeds our sense of disillusionment.

In a sense Jesus invites us to compare ourselves 'DOWN'. This is not what we may automatically think, as He is not saying we must look at other people and feel better than them, but rather to compare the things of nature and to recognise how God provides for them.

Matthew 6:26-29 - "Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth more than birds? Can worry make you live longer? Why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow. They don't work hard to make their clothes. But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn't as well clothed as one of them."

Having said this, it is also worthwhile remembering that there are other people worse off than we are. It's all about correct perspective.

“I had no shoes and complained until I met a man who had no feet.” – Anonymous

1 Timothy 6:6 - But godliness with contentment is great gain.

By God's Grace,

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