What would happen if you were driving in a four-lane road and instead of focusing on YOUR driving within YOUR lane, you began closely observing all the other drivers across the lanes?
It wouldn’t be good to say the least.
It’s one thing to be alert of your surroundings while driving but it’s another thing to be completely distracted and consumed by them.
When you’re distracted, you are not focusing on the task at hand.
You are not doing what you are supposed to be doing.
God has called each of us to a specific purpose.
If we are constantly distracted by what everyone else is doing, we will not be able to clearly see our purpose let alone do what God is asking us to do.
Taking our eyes off our “lane” can cause us to become discontent, envious and ultimately unhappy in our own lives because we start a game of comparison.
We begin comparing our lives to the lives of those around us. Too often we compare people’s “highlights” to our “behind the scene” moments.
This is a dangerous game to play and a quick way to destroy our own happiness.
No life is perfect and every person faces difficulties.
But how often do we start this game of comparison in our minds?
I wish my husband would…
I wish my child was more like….
If only I had [insert thing you want] THEN I would be happy
Instead of appreciating what we have, we focus on what we don’t have.
Instead of appreciating the people we have been blessed with, we actively deprive ourselves of the joy they bring by focusing on all the things that are “missing”. These are the people we should be building up and loving. Instead we are tearing them down with our words, bad attitudes, sarcastic remarks and hidden undertones.
We do the same at our job. Instead of appreciating the opportunity to connect with others, earn a living and support ourselves and our loved ones while impacting on the lives of those we deal with, we get distracted.
We compare ourselves to our colleagues and fixate on their “lane” and pretty soon, we’re left discontent and unhappy. Not because our circumstances changed but because we began focusing on the wrong lane.
This vicious cycle will continue to tear you down and steal your joy unless the cycle is broken. How? Gratitude. Be thankful.
- Get back in your lane.
- Fix your focus.
- Value what you have.
- You are blessed beyond measure.
Thank you for your indescribable gift. Sorry that I am not always grateful and do not see all the wonderful things you have blessed me with. Please help me grow in thankfulness towards you and love towards all.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.