It’s natural to compare our story with others. And this often shows us how to live well. However, we must remember to live in our story and not someone else’s.
We are social creatures – always looking and comparing ourselves with others. How are we measuring up?
And regardless of how well things are going for us, there is always one or two areas in which the grass seems greener somewhere else.
Someone seems better off and why can’t we have what he has?
It’s hard not to grow a bit envious when others seem to get the big break at work, rarely seem to struggle for companionship, or get to buy the latest tech and go on regular exotic vacations with ease.
This can also play out in being envious of someone else’s marriage or sex life. I wish my wife would do that!
When we focus on what others have we miss the story God is telling through us.
We have our own story that needs care and attention.
By all means, let us share our stories and learn how to receive all that God has for us.
What makes your work so fulfilling? How did you build an intimate marriage and develop a passionate sex life?
At the same time, let us not grow resentful that someone else’s experiences are not our own.
Live in your story.
What is God up to in your life? How might he be using your successes and disappointments to call out your best self?
When we focus on our story we realize it is just right for us. And it frees us to fully participate with how God is using us to bring more life and goodness into the world.
Live your story.