Ever noticed that single parents don’t always have the same opportunities that married parents enjoy? Of course, that’s a huge generalization, but statistically it’s somewhat true. Maybe you’ve watched a friend live your dream, and you’ve felt frustrated, even envious. This malady affects many demographics – spouses of alcoholics, disabled people, victims of prejudice – anyone whose situation exposes them to unfair treatment, misunderstandings, or hardship. It’s very easy to fall into the comparing trap. One woman put it this way: “Metaphorically, my friend lives in Hawaii and I live in Ethiopia!”
When Jesus told Peter about the kind of death he would die, Peter compared his lot with John’s. “He asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow Me.’” (John 21:21-22)
It’s ludicrous – an emotional energy drain – to compare our situation with someone else’s. Really, what’s it to you? Instead, let’s focus on the portion and cup God has given us. He takes you seriously, and He is passionately concerned about your life. All your concerns and objectives are right where you are, as you follow Him along your unique path. Best of all, He is with you and you have a special relationship with Him that no one else is privy to. As you face your struggles together, that relationship deepens. And that’s a reason to smile!