LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

About That Change

remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
(Acts 20:35 – ESV)

I am sure that everyone in their lifetimes has been the type of person who sees someone else get something good, and they feel like that person doesn’t deserve it, or that they deserve it more than the person who got it, or that they just wish someone would give them something like that, or notice them, or well, you know what I mean. We have all had to deal with being that way at one time or another, but have you ever met someone who is perpetually like that? It can be an emotionally draining experience to have to be around someone who is always looking out for someone getting something more than they feel they have. You know the mantra: “I never get to go.” “I never get invited.” “I wish I could have something nice like that.” On and on it goes. They are always looking at what someone else has been given, and they always have the same old song playing in their jukebox…woe is me, I never get anything that good.

Now for some who are like this, I’ll have to admit something, it truthfully does seem as if they are left out, left behind, or left alone, they don’t receive some of the good things others seem to always be getting. They truly don’t seem to receive too much in the way of favor or blessing, in a sense. Ah, but that is where we can see the problem; this type of person doesn’t know HOW to receive. It starts by being glad when others receive goods things. The pie of life doesn’t have a limited amount of slices. God is able to make all grace, whatever you need, abound to you (2 Corinthians 9:8). You need to learn to receive. It starts with giving thanks.

The truth is that if you are looking for chances to despair you will notice that there is always someone getting something you don’t have. You should realize that there is always someone getting something you don’t want either. And you need to stop looking around at what everybody else is getting and start realizing all you have, even if it is close to nothing it is still something and you can and should and indeed you must be grateful for what others get, it is good for them. Stop worrying as if you won’t be content until these cosmic scales of fairness you dream of even out for you. Let me tell you they never will.

Instead of bringing your misery and envy to everyone, start being thankful for the grace others get. Considering your situation, nothing about that will change until you change your thoughts about that. Give others your gratefulness and perhaps you will start receiving something other than their displeasure. Include gratefulness for the good things that others receive and then perhaps you will start receiving good things yourself.



Blogger Even So... said...

I am grateful for the Bluecollar team, people of like, precious faith...may you all be especially blessed in the coming days...

December 12, 2007 5:19 PM

Blogger Susan said...

And to you as well, JD.
May God's richest blessings be bestowed upon you this beautiful season.

Btw, my 4-yr-old's most recently repeated phrase is ... "I wish I could have..." to the most unusual things - a hammock at our relative's house at Thanksgiving, a blow-up snowman in the yard (since we don't have the real things here in Florida), etc.

To which I usually reply, "I understand, but we *do* have... x,y,or z," and before long we see so much with which God has blessed us.

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matt 6:33)

"All we have comes from God and we give it out of His hand." (1 Chron. 19:14b, Dutch paraphrase)

I am grateful for so much in my life, even and sometimes especially for the trials, difficult though they may be.

Good post, JD. Timely.

December 12, 2007 6:32 PM

Blogger Only Look said...

I am grateful to read such an article.

December 12, 2007 9:47 PM

Blogger Baptist Girl said...

If I am a son of God, nothing but God will satisfy my soul; no amount of comfort, no amount of ease, no amount of pleasure,will give me peace or rest. If I had the full cup of all the world's joys held up to me, and could drain it to the dregs, I should still remain thirsty if I had not God.... G. A. Studdert Kennedy

Good reminder JD. I think how can we feel left out when we have Christ and there are so many folks that need Christ? John Piper said "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him"
When the world sees our contentment in everything we have and do they will see the Glory of God.


December 13, 2007 6:56 AM

Blogger jazzycat said...

I have been very blessed my entire life. I am very thankful for what God has given me both temporally and infinitely more important spiritually.

December 13, 2007 9:06 AM

Blogger Even So... said...

We need continual reminders about this issue, it creeps up in places we don't expect...

December 13, 2007 11:33 AM

Blogger Craver Vii said...

You make an excellent point about realizing that "there is always someone getting something you don’t want either."

Susan, you have a blow-up snowman? That's funny to us Northerners until the kids ask to go outside and build a snowman and we end up doing most of the work.

December 13, 2007 2:38 PM


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