Wow, has God had me on the Potter’s wheel! I have been seeking God to understand why it seems that most of my prayers haven’t been answered yet, at least personally. I am a tither, I give offerings, I give alms, and first fruits so where am I missing it? I prayed Lord, “Is there anything in my heart that isn’t pleasing to you?” He replied, “You are being petty.”
“Wait, what? Me? He said, “You are so busy comparing yourself to everyone else and their blessings that even if I hit one right dead in your face, you wouldn’t notice it because you are caught up in wondering why are they so blessed?!” I said, “Come on God some of these people don’t even go to church. Lord, so I know they aren’t tithing.” He replied again, “Stop being petty and keep your eyes on me!”
After months of working on being who God called me to be, correcting me, and repenting numerous times for being petty, I am happy to announce that I am doing much better in this area of my life.
Have I arrived? No, I am a work in progress. The other day I got upset about my card not working at the store. I stormed out the door and immediately Holy Spirit said, ” Don’t be petty!” I can laugh at it now because I probably looked like some crazy lady shuffling the doors open and storming out of the store. Lesson learned!
What can you take from my experience? Well, just know that you can go to God with anything. Go ahead, tell him you are mad because He already knows. Tell Him you don’t think it is fair that the snob down the street has her nails done every week and you are struggling to keep the lights on.
Our heavenly Father cares about every aspect of our lives and we are told to “cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) God has our best interests in mind. Always be willing to change your attitude to develop the character of Christ.
Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” So when you think your neighbor is more blessed than you, perhaps materially, just know that God has blessed us spiritually. We have a new name and our names are written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life!!!!
Comparison kills our identity so stop comparing yourself to the world. Let’s set our standards higher and do the will of the Father. Stay close to His heart and He will answer your prayers, but all in His timing.
Tina Bassett resides in New Martinsville. She is a single mom of three beautiful daughters: Rachel, Charity, and Destiny. She is the director of the greeters/ushers, serves on the prayer team, and also participates on the praise and worship team at her local church. She loves animals and the beach. More than anything she wants her life to reflect God’s love and have an impact on those around her.