comparison vs thankfulness

“Circumstances don’t breed discontentment,¬†comparison¬†does.”

When I first read that it hit me like a half-ton of bricks(not quite like a full ton).

Then I started thinking about how to combat discontentment. I’m not really sure what the actual opposite of comparison is, but I decided that for me it is [thankfulness]. Does that make sense? I’ve made up my mind to start naming off things I am thankful for when I start to feel that need to compare and feel sorry for myself.

God has blessed me with so many wonderful gifts and has placed me in such a great place. And it is a much better use of my time to be thankful for what He has done for me and the opportunities I have to be light than wishing I thing were different.

Are you in a place in life where you really need to choose thankfulness? It isn’t usually the first thing we turn to do. But may we learn to first choose thankfulness before¬†complaining/comparing/self-pity.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18