"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- His good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
The crumbled money in her hand reflected her crumbled heart. Jada skipped into Book Fair and got a flashy diary. Seeing it, her friend, Riana, wanted one too, but she lacked enough money. Riana's smile shrieked to a halt, her eyes cried out for something more.
Are you satisfied with what you have or want something different? Dissatisfied feelings pop up not only with materialist goods, but godly talents/gifts. When left on our own, all is fine. But when around others, we start comparing -- danger grows like mold, dark and ugly. Instead of seeing how we measure up to God's Will for us, we measure our lives based on others and on earthly values. Is the one hug you gave a child of less value than the person who donated computers to a classroom? I guess, it depends on who's standards you are measuring it by.
Father, above all the shouting around me, and the bells and whistles, i want to hear Your Voice, Your Direction, Your Will for my life. It's not about how much we have or what we do, but how faithful we are to Your Calling.
have a peace-filled day!