"Be kinder than necessary,
for everyone is fighting some kind of battle"
I've seen the above quote on a few blogs lately and it's really made me think. I don't know about you, but I tend to forget the truth of that quote far too often. Often, by appearances, the grass looks greener on the other side; I get jealous of people far too easily. Some people just have it all...right?
Must be nice.....to have such a great body. But maybe -- just maybe -- they feel if they don't do whatever it takes to look that way, nobody will love them.
Must be nice.....to have no family responsibilites and be able to do whatever they want whenever they want. But maybe -- just maybe -- they long for a family of their own and are unable to conceive.
Must be nice.....to have such a big, beautiful house with all the 'trimmings.' But maybe -- just maybe -- it's only a house and not a home.
Must be nice.....to be able to afford fancy cars, TV's and a whole new wardrobe. But maybe -- just maybe -- they are struggling to pay the heating bills just to prove that they can keep up with the Jones'.
Must be nice.....to always look like you've just stepped out of a fashion magazine. But maybe -- just maybe -- their good looks on the outside is an attempt to make up for the hideous cancer that is raging on the insides.
I'm not saying that this is always the case. It is possible to have a big, beautiful house and have it also be a home...it is possible to be able to afford fancy cars, TV's and a new wardrobe because you work hard for your money...and it is possible to have a great body because you take good care of yourself. And there is nothing wrong with that.
But sometimes I think it's healthy to remember that things are not always what they seem. Jealousy is a beast in my life that I am trying to fight -- and what I need to remind myself of on a consistant basis is that everyone -- absolutely e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e -- is fighting some kind of a battle. So rather than judge somebody...or begrudge somebody...I need to take the time to pray for whatever battle they are in the midst of. And I also need to remind myself that instead of being jealous of other people to rather be grateful for the blessings God has given me ('cause really -- He has blessed me abundantly!).