Celebrating Instead of Comparing

Women walking hand in hand – Version 2

When our friends get that house contract, dream job, ideal adoption, book deal, dream vacation, or award for their children, what if we celebrate instead of compare?

What if?

Comparison and jealousy suffocate us with bitterness and inadequacy. But celebrating others leads to Life. Joy. Peace. Authenticity.

Everyone feels that tinge of jealousy. Everyone. But, do we sulk or celebrate? It’s a choice.

When our children witness this kind of love, they will be quicker to celebrate their friends instead of comparing to them.

LET’S CELEBRATE EACH OTHER: Share this post with a friend who you want to celebrate one of their recent accomplishments with or simply because you’re grateful for who they are.

When Mary hurried to Elizabeth’s house to share that she was pregnant with Jesus, Elizabeth celebrated and said, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45)

When Elizabeth had John, a son who would be “great in the sight of the Lord”, her neighbors and relatives SHARED IN HER JOY. (Luke 1:58)

Let’s fill our hearts with Scripture and the unbridled, selfless love of Jesus so when our friends succeed, we will be the first ones to celebrate with them…

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking…Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”1 Corinthians 13:4, 7

Where’s your Treasure?

analogue-art-box-366791 3When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up to a mountainside, sat down, and taught his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” (Mathew 6). Right after these words, is when he said, “Do not worry” and “Seek first his kingdom.”

When our “treasure” is Jesus, our hearts will be there also, and our worry will lessen.

What is our treasure? Where are our eyes and hearts consumed? I don’t want my kids’ treasure to be in clothes, worry, or momentary things. I want it to be in things like relationships, loving God and others, in joy and thankfulness. If that’s where I want their treasure and hearts to be, that’s where my heart should be also. Every day is a new opportunity to aim for that: “His mercies are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:23)

“In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the LIFE THAT IS TRULY LIFE.” 1 Timothy 6:19:

Go to my blog page to find simple ways to encourage our kids’ treasure to be in things that last. Search “Freedom in Simplicity” and also “Women in the Bible” in the search box on the right sidebar (link in profile).

Lord, help us to release worry and a focus on temporal things. Give us wisdom to have our eyes set on things that matter. On our own, we can’t do this. We need you. Jesus, mold us, shape us, change us, make us more like you. As we hold on to the life that is truly life, I pray our kids would also. In Jesus’ Name, amen.