We pout when someone gets more materialistic things than we do. We get hurt when someone doesn’t call for a while just to check on us. We also get in comparison when someone has more likes on social media than us.
However, we don’t always apologize when we know we are wrong. We don’t always call someone when they are on our minds. What about comparing our troubles to our God? It is human nature to just focus on what we do not have, but what if we took the time to hone in on what matters?
It matters that we have a God that will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). Our God is faithful that promised (1Thessalonians 5:24). If He said it, then we can bank on it. He will finish what He started in us (Philippians 1:6). We are reminded to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
Remember, we are the sum of what we think on consistently. So let’s kick out the thoughts of living in defeat. Let’s replace these feelings with His truth.
We are Forgiven (1 John 1:9).
We are the Righteousness of God (2 Corthians 5:21).
We are the Apple of His eye (Proverbs 7:2).
Remember, we are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), not what others try to dictate us to be. Allowing someone to control our thoughts is like having someone on the opposite side of the vehicle with the same amount of control over it. We truly have to let Jesus take the wheel.
The why behind our heart is what motivates us to stay in our pity party or to rise up, shake it off, and speak victory over our lives. It doesn’t matter what we go through. God cares and will listen to every detail. However, we need to work on our response to every situation.
As we go forth to pursue Him, always remember that lifting others up is pleasing Him. A soft word turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1) even when it is toward ourselves. We need to be kind to all including ourselves. In the meantime, keep smiling and trusting God. Pray about it and leave it in His hands. He knows how to handle it all.
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.