If you want to feel really depressed about yourself, your kids, your job, and your life, then just read about everybody else on Facebook. You read about how awesome their life is and it makes you feel like you need to keep up.
Their kid just broke the record for awesomeness and was awarded the “most awesome kid on the planet” award by the president of the universe. Your kid got a D- in 3rd grade math and you secretly wonder if he will ever stop picking his nose in public.
Their latest vacation was part Lewis and Clark expedition, part trip to the moon, and part culinary wonder. They slept in handmade silk beds made by monkeys in tuxedos, the view from their window was so awesome that it has been known to cause aneurisms, and King Solomon’s chefs personally prepared food that was so sumptuous the recipe is secretly kept in a vault underneath the Library of Congress. You last vacation was a trip to your in-laws highlighted by an update on Aunt Mildred’s hemorrhoids.
So you do what everybody else does and create a fake awesome life. You photo-shop your pictures. Seriously? Is anybody buying that you look exactly like you did in 1986? People have met your kids so they know they are more likely to graduate from Hamburger College at McDonalds than to get their MBA from Harvard. So we feel the need to make stuff up. We want people to think that our life is better than it really is. We become envious of others because we compare our real self to their fake self. And we live a life that is characterized by our discontentment rather than recognizing how incredibly blessed we really are.
The next time you feel the green fingers of envy choking the joy out of your life or the next time you start to feel discontented with your life stop and remember these two verses:
1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
You have been incredibly blessed by God. Stop and recognize it. Allow yourself to thank God for planning you and creating you as his masterpiece. And then stop being so obsessed with everyone else’s greener grass. Sometimes grass is greener because it is over a septic tank.