“All things happen for my best” is something we Christians often hear. What a wonderful thing to believe in! We are lucky people who can believe this… but how do I practice it in real life, for example when I’m tempted to envy? I’ll just share a situation that I had recently.
“Life is everything I dreamt it would be” one of my friend’s Facebook status’ boldly proclaimed. “Hmmm… some people seem to have it all don’t they?” is my first feeling when I read this. Career, check. Health, check. Money, check. Husband, check. Lovely children, check. Talent, check. I can’t say my first reaction is happiness for them. “Why should I spend my life being happy for other’s successes—when I feel like my own dreams have fallen apart?” These feelings are strong, almost overwhelming. I feel angry.
As I sit there with these feelings and thoughts welling up, I pray a short prayer; “God help me, I don’t want to be like this!”
Turned from what is earthly to what is heavenly
The Bible also tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice, and I’ve already experienced this to a certain degree. It brings me into an extremely fulfilled and happy life, despite my situation not ‘ticking all the boxes’, as people say. May my eyes be turned from earthly gain to what is heavenly—which brings true contentment and joy. God’s word is true.
“He who would love life and see good days,
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:10-11.