A few weeks ago I ran into a friend who I haven’t seen in years. As we did the 5 minute quick catch up, this person made the comment to me that I was “living the life”. As I looked at my life, our struggles and pains, “living the life” was not quite how I would describe my life at first glance. It’s been a struggle to get out of bed some days, and yet even with all that, this person’s perspective of my life was completely different. They are single; I have a husband. They are living with friends; I own my own house. To them, I have what they desire. To me, I am missing so much in my life.
I realized it’s all about perspective. This reflection brought me to the story of Joseph. He is the beloved younger son, and his brothers are so jealous of him. They sell him off to slavery, and Joseph eventually finds favor with the king. His brothers come to beg for food in the midst of famine, and they learn who Joseph has become. Joseph has every right here to be angry, but he has a greater perspective. His response to them is simple, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Gen. 50:20)
I think our level of contentment is directly related to our perspective of our life. If we constantly focus on what we don’t have, we are often discontent, and are jealous of others. God has given each of us so much in the form of His love and grace, even if we don’t have other “things” that we might want. We need to focus on the blessings He has given us instead of the ones He hasn’t.
Today, I challenge you to think about your perspective. Are you content with God’s blessings? Do you have a Godly perspective of your life? Spend some time in prayer praising God for what He has blessed you with, and ask him to help you have the perspective He has.