This must be my sister’s week, because I just keep thinking of funny “Melissa stories”. When I spoke with her last night, she asked why I didn’t include the part about her getting me back in yesterday’s blog. I informed her that this was my blog! If she wanted to tell stories, she could start her own.
I remember when she was about ten years old, I came in from school one day and found her standing in front of the bathroom mirror. When I walked up, she closed her mouth really tight. I’m talking, awkwardly tight, as if someone was trying to pry it open. I guess being inconspicuous is not one of her spiritual gifts. I asked her what she was up to, and all she would do is shake her head, with her mouth still closed tightly. Obviously, I found that to be odd behavior.
Being the eldest, and most wise, I demanded that she open her mouth. I mean for all I knew, she could’ve ingested poison, or yanked out a permanent tooth, just to get money from the tooth fairy. In my opinion, this could’ve proved to be a dire situation. When she refused to open her mouth, I did what any good big sister would do when in dire straights; I threatened to tell on her. At ten years of age, she hadn’t yet learned the code of sisters…you don’t actually tell on each other. Sadly, she never learned that one.
Upon the threat of imminent doom from mom, she opened her mouth. When she did, I saw one of the funniest sights ever! I’ll preface by saying that Melissa has perfect teeth, and I do mean perfect, not one out of place. And currently, at nearly forty years of age, she’s had one cavity! However, apparently young Melissa was jealous of her metal mouthed friends, because she had super glued earring backs to her top five teeth!!! I would give just about anything to have a picture of that!
I demanded that she remove the earring backs from her teeth. That was pretty dumb on my part. I should’ve told her how good they looked and let her walk around like that for a few days. Eh, you live and learn. Her teeth came out, miraculously unscathed, and the rest of the family, and anyone else I could tell, had a good laugh.
Have you ever wanted something just because someone else had it? Have you ever been jealous because someone seemed to have everything, while you were struggling to make ends meet? How about being jealous of others’ abilities? I know I’ve been guilty of all the above! It just boils down to not trusting God.
Comparing ourselves to others means that we don’t think God did a good enough job creating us. It means that, apparently, we don’t think He’s capable of being Lord of all. It means we don’t believe His will is good and perfect.
If we put God first, and trust Him with every aspect of our lives, there’s no room for jealousy and comparison. He doesn’t make junk! We’re all beautiful and valuable.
No matter where you’re at in life, good or bad, not much or plenty, you’re there for a reason. God has a plan for you. Trust that He knows what He’s doing, because He does!
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2