Exodus 20:17 You are not to covet your neighbor's house. You are not to covet your neighbor's wife, his male or female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. ESV
I had lunch with my sister Sunday. My sister has everything. She is just a couple of years older than me and retired. Her husband is also retired. Their house is paid for. Their vehicles are paid for. In my eyes, she has everything. Sometimes I am so jealous of her. During lunch, I’m sitting there thinking….”I’ll never have what she has.” Then she said these words….”I’m so jealous of everything you have.” Wait, what?
This led to a beautiful conversation of where we are in our personal lives.
It’s so easy to see the beauty in someone else’s lives, but what about their personal struggles? Do we spend enough time to really seeing a person as they truly are? And more than that, how much time do we spend focusing on what’s wrong in our lives instead of what if good and pure and blessed?
God, thank You for yet another life lesson. I’ll admit that I was a little put out with my sister when she didn’t let me complain and whine about my struggles. It was a pretty good bump on the head. I also thank You for letting me spend time with her; to be there for her; to listen to her heartaches in this season of her life. Sometimes we think we could have so much more if we could just trade places with someone else. But if we did, then not only would we get their blessings, we would inherit their brokenness. Don’t covet. Got it.