Ever compare yourself with another? We all do it from time to time. We compare everything – cars, homes, TV’s, hairdos, biceps. Every time we compare we loose. Most of the time comparing leads to great discouragement.
One of the most talented receivers to ever play the game of profession football was Plaxico Burress. Even with money, fame, and career success he couldn’t stay out of trouble. In 2008 he suffered a self-inflicted gun shot would to his right thigh at a night club in New York City. Apparently, the pistol began to slide down his jeans, and as he reached for it, he pressed the trigger. While he recovered, all of his talent was sidelined making him useless to his team.
When we compare ourselves it’s like shooting ourselves in the foot. Our hope bleeds out and we sink into discouragement. We sideline ourselves from the game of life as we waste time wanting what belongs to someone else.
They say that the grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water the grass. Let’s water the grass we have with gratitude. Gratitude helps us to enjoy and want the great things we already have.
Psalm 9:1-2 says, “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad…”