We hope you have had a week without “Obstruction” and you’re becoming more aware of the trap of comparison. When we look at 1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud”, it reminds us of what love is and what love is not. Love is a tricky thing…because many times it has a “Motive” attached. Motive, our third letter in our COMPARISON series.
Sandra Stanley, author of “The Comparison Trap” says, “When I compare myself to someone who seems to have more, I lean into envy. When I compare myself to someone who has less I open myself to the temptation of boastfulness and pride.” Motives are great helpers to show us why we compare. Being honest with your motives is a difficult step because it might be asking you to change an attitude and the way you think.
We need to be careful and not fool ourselves when we don’t have the full picture or truth about someone else’s life. True love and pure motives comes out of patience and kindness with others.
- When you find yourself feeling envious of ____________, what conversation are you having with yourself?
- What could you do to change your envious thinking into a heart of gratitude towards what God has given you?
1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT) says, “Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.”
Until next time…
We hope your heart is singing!
Maryann and Robin