If we were really honest with ourselves, would we admit to looking at successful people and thinking that it must be so easy for them? That if only we could make as much money as they do, or if only our kids behaved like theirs did, or if only we could only get a house as big as theirs…
We think that they must always have more money than month, the ideal marriage, the perfect kids, the massive house, the newest vehicles…
What we don’t normally realize, is that true success isn’t developed overnight, and looks can be deceiving.
We didn’t know that when they were first married, he worked 2 full time jobs and only slept for 4 hours a night for 3 whole years to make ends meet. We didn’t see the sacrifices made and all the hours worked without wages while they started up their own business. We didn’t see the long hours, the disappointments, and the uncertainties.
We didn’t know that he bought a beat up car straight out of high school and drove it for 10 years until his Dad died and left him an inheritance, with which he bought a new truck. We didn’t know that he would gladly trade the truck in for another 10 minutes with his Dad.
We only see what meets the eye, and we get jealous.
This reminds me of Joseph in Egypt after he had been put in power by Pharaoh.
I’m sure there were people all around him, wishing they were in his shoes.
But how quickly would that change if they realized that in order to get to that destination and position, they would have to spend 13 years in slavery, innocently imprisoned, and slandered? Would you be so eager to get into his shoes?
Everyone has a back-story.
The hard-times, the disappointments, and the failures. Some stories are more public than others, but we all have them.
Lets make it our goal this week to pursue the success that God has for us, instead of wanting what others are experiencing. We’re likely to miss-out on what’s coming our way if we’re always rubber-necking.
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 AMP)