Thursday, February 13, 2014
Read: Luke 12:15
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife,…nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:17 KJV)
How do you feel about your life? Do you like and enjoy it, or do you hate it and wish you had a different one? Do you look at others and wish you were them and had their lives? Do you want to look the way they look, own what they own, have their career or their family? Or are you happy with the life God has given you?
Wanting what others have is called coveting, and it is forbidden by God. He even included it in the Ten Commandments. You are never going to have anyone else’s life, so wanting it is a waste of time. You won’t look like them, either, so learn to do the best you can with what you have to work with. There is no point coveting other people’s lives. Stop being upset about things you cannot do anything about. Nobody has a perfect life. The person you want to be like may also be desiring to be like you. Unknown people want to be superstars, and superstars want privacy and to be unknown.
Famous football star Christian Ronaldo in an interview with CNN was asked his greatest wish in life, his answer was “to be able to walk the streets unnoticed!” Yet many youngsters today want to be like C. Ronaldo. The regular employee wants to be the boss, and the boss wishes he did not have so much responsibility. A single person wants to be married, and sometimes a married person wishes he or she were single.
Contentment with life is not a feeling, but it is a decision we must make. Contentment does not mean that we never want to see change or improvement, but it means we can be happy where we are and will do the best we can with what we have. It also means we will maintain an attitude that allows us to enjoy the gift of life.