what’s on the inside…

“Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone.  If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody.  Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do.  “I’ll do the judging,” says God.  “I’ll take care of it.”  Our scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink.  Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.  Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.”  ~  Romans 12:17-21 (The Message)

No matter how good we look or how talented and successful we are, there is always going to be someone that is better than you and one of these days you are probably going to run into them.  (sorry!)  And if you are human…you will probably feel that ugly feeling called jealousy.

The ugly green monster, it’s sometime called.  Jealousy can steal your time and steal your joy.  Jealousy can make you obsess {to think about something unceasingly or persistently; dwell obsessively upon something} over someone in an unhealthy way and cause resentment.   It may begin innocently enough, checking out another person’s car or house and this can lead us to feeling inferior.  Why do we judge others?  It seems our nature is to constantly compare ourselves to others and to strive for something different….something perfect.

It all comes from insecurity, pride, imagination, assumptions….the list can go on and on.  Seeing ourselves as God sees us and not comparing ourselves to others can help to suffocate jealous feelings.  It might sound simple, but it’s not always easy.

You can’t love others if you don’t love yourself.  Stop comparing yourself, exercise self-control and begin by reading God’s Word.  Start with Psalm 139 and see how much God loves you…

Love your enemies.

Love your neighbors.

Show mercy.

Show grace.

Live a life filled with beauty and joy!  You are unique and You are loved…..just open your heart and receive His love…

Then don’t forget to pass it on……..

the farmers donkey…

The Farmer’s Donkey
By: Author Unknown

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal
cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out
what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the
well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth
it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into
the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening
and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he
quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked
down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With
every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was
doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take
a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top
of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.
Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up
over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt.
The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and
take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping-stone.
We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping,
never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!