Do you ever look through your Facebook timeline, notice the happy life everyone else seems to be living and find yourself overcome with dissatisfaction about your own life?
We’ve all been there. The upside of social media is that we get to keep up with everyone’s life. The downside is that we get to keep up with everyone’s life, at least their filtered, Facebook life.
And we often find ourselves comparing our life to their life and wanting what they have.
“If I could only travel like they travel.”
“If I could only have a house like their house.”
“If I could only have his/her job.”
“They just look so happy. Why can’t my life be like their life?”
When (because it will happen) you find yourself struggling to be content, here are eight great Bible verses to consider:
- Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. – Hebrews 13:5
- So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. – Matthew 6:31-33
- The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile. – Ecclesiastes 5:10
- I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:11-13
- The little that the righteous man has is better than the abundance of many wicked people. – Psalm 37:16
- The fear of the Lord leads to life; one will sleep at night without danger. – Proverbs 19:23
- For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. – 1 Timothy 6:7-8
- How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! – Psalm 32:1
How do you increase your contentment? Focus on what God has given you and not on what He has given others. Try to find yourself more concerned about the management of the resources right in front of you than the resources you would like to possess.
One of my daily habits is to thank God for whatever He has given me. I acknowledge that none of it is deserved. Because anything that I have is a gift from God that I must manage well. If you don’t do this, try it for 14 days. See if you notice any changes in your thinking.
And try to remember this:
To some, God gives more. To others, He gives less. But to all, He requires stewardship.