The Dangers of Comparison: Day 3

Day 3: Comparison leads to ingratitude.

Thanks for joining me for Day 3, friends.  Today we are going to look closely at the issue of ingratitude. 

The Bible clearly tells us that God’s will for us is to be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  We should be constantly thanking God, no matter what. But when we are busy comparing, we forget to stop and thank God for what He has given us.  
I’m going to get real and honest with you.  Again, I am not proud of this, but I hope that I can encourage someone in admitting this struggle.  I used to love romance novels.  I had a favorite author that I would read, and I would wait for the release of each new book.  I fell in love with the simplicity in the lives of his characters, but even more, I loved the passionate and selfless love that is displayed by the characters.  The male characters are so romantic and they always seemed to recall so much detail about their ladies.  I started the bad habit of comparing my husband and our relationship to those in these sappy novels.  In comparing my husband to these romantic heroes I began sinking lower into discontentment and ingratitude.  I wasn’t taking the time to thank God for the man He gave me.  I didn’t thank God for blessing me with a hard-working man with numerous great qualities, and I certainly wasn’t taking the time to thank my husband for any of the noble things he was doing.  Now, I am not saying that you shouldn’t read romance novels, but in my struggle not to compare my love life to the book, I gave them up.  And I will tell you what, when I stopped having something to compare my husband and our marriage to, I was able to see with much clarity that I am married to a romantic hero, and I thank God for him every day. 
Father God, I have so much to thank you for.  Most of all I want to thank you today for you!  Thank you so much for all that you blessed me with.  Lord, help us to see all the blessings in our lives and to remember to stop and thank you for them.  In addition, help me to show gratitude to those you have placed in my life.  Help me to have a heart of gratitude at all times in every situation.  You are worthy of my thanks and praises.  I love you, Lord.  Amen.

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