Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong.
— Psalm 73:1-4

Have you ever felt like everyone else was getting ahead of you in life? When I say everyone, I mean everyone! Sometimes it seems like even the dog is having a better day than you are. I feel like this sometimes, especially when I set goals for myself and I don't achieve them for whatever reason. It gets especially challenging when all my peers seem to be master goal crushers and they are moving ahead at full speed. If your peers happen to be on your "enemy" list, it makes you really feel like a failure.

Psalms 73:1-4 speaks volumes about how we should operate when things are not going well for us. When all is not peachy in my life I begin to question my talents, my abilities and even my will to push ahead. I break out my favorite cookie dough ice cream, whoa is me blanket and commence a pity party for 2 guests, myself and Misery.

It's a dangerous thing to compare your successes to others because, one, you don't know what they had to do to get where they are currently. Two, you don't know what they are doing to keep themselves at the level they are currently. Three, you should never compare your low times to someone's high times. That's like comparing apples to oranges. It makes no sense. Everyone is at a different level in life, spiritually and mentally.

One word that stuck out to me in this passage is ENVY. Envy is a feeling of discontent or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck. So I am not just feeling bad about my situation, I am actually resentful towards another persons success, whether it was from evil gain or not. This is actually wanting the person to fail because I am failing. Wow, what a terrible mind space to be in! Envy, when unchecked is the dirty culprit behind theft, murder, hate, robbery and the like. Envy is an evil, ruthless little bugger and should be exterminated as soon as it's detected.  

As we go through life we will naturally have ups and downs. That's just the way the cookie crumbles. The best and most successful way to get through these trying times is to keep our eyes on Jesus. Don't look at what others are doing and where they are going. Stay focused on where you are heading and when the tunnel seems dark, let the goodness of the Lord be your light. Try to remember where he has brought you from, the promises he made to you and his overall kindness and loving mercies. I promise your perception will change immediately and your time in the valley will seem shorter than it really is.

Don't get distracted by the ups and downs of life sister. Keep your eyes on the goal and on the goodness of the Lord.

Until next time,

Live in gratitude. Live in love.