Recently I had the priveledge of spending the day with a woman that I have not always been friends with. We went to the same college together, yet ran in different circles. We have know each other through different Christian organizations such as the Church, Christian School, etc…, but have never taken the time to really get to know each other. But through our brokenesses, we recently and cautiously reached out to each other and connected.
The day we spent together was painfully open; we both reveal thoughts we had about each other and how those thoughts had hindered our friendship. One statement she said about me has really made me think — she told me that she was “jealous of my life.” I was really taken back by her comment and I challenged her that maybe she didn’t really know what was going on in my life – the failures, the struggles and the fears. As I proceeded to share with her all that our family has been through, her response was that she didn’t know. Just as I have not known what all has been going on in her life.
Why is it that we think the other person has it easier/better than we do?
Why do we allow the enemy to control our thoughts/emotions about our fellow Believers?
Why is jealously such an issue in our culture when we already have so much?
After spending time together, my “new old friend” and I were reminded that it is only GRACE.
Grace to forgive each other
Grace to allow each other to mess up
Grace to struggle with what God allows into our lives,
Grace to accept each other’s blessings without being jealous
Grace not to have the “perfect Christian family”
Grace not to have the “perfect Christian finances”
GRACE is why it is…
“By the grace of God, I am what I am.” 1 Corinthiians 15:10