When you compare yourself to other people, it is the root cause of discontentment. The proliferation of social media has caused the over-exposure of information about virtually everyone else. Comparisons come in many forms, including appearance, possessions, opportunities, relationships, talents and much more. It can overwhelm you like a flood.
Revealing the irony of comparing yourself to others, a pastor once said, “We’re comparing our behind-the-scenes with other people’s highlight reels.” The only perfect families are the ones you don’t know. You are setting yourself up, even if unknowingly. Discontentment has consequences.
Discontentment will destroy your life, if left unchecked. Discontentment puts a pit in your stomach, stresses you out and ruins your health. If you live with a spirit of discontentment, you will always want a little more.
Discontentment destroys your worth. Envy is disliking God’s goodness to someone else and dismissing God’s goodness to you. Self-worth has been decimated by comparing yourself to others.
Discontentment destroys your relationships. Discontentment, along with envy, creates a desire for everyone to be miserable. It destroys the moment you are living in.
But how do you deal with it when you come across someone who has more than you do? The truth is that God does not want you to live in discontentment. One of the most profoundly impactful things that the Lord wants to build into your life is contentment.
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. – Philippians 4:12 (NLT)
There’s a secret to contentment. It is not circumstantial happiness. It is not lack of ambition or passion. It is not about being passive. Contentment can be defined as living with ease, marked by untroubled calm in every situation in your life. Truly, it is to be so pleased by what you have been given by God’s grace that you do not need anything on the outside to live content. It’s a beautiful reality.
The secret to contentment can be found in Philippians 4:13:
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
You can draw on the strength that God has made available to you. It is available to you today. You have the power to change the attitude of discontent in your life. You do not need to live a life on a scale that society says is so-called “happiness.” There is an internal wellness within you.
You can become content through the power of Christ. This means you can become anything and be content in any situation.