I think I was scarred as a young child with field days. Sack Races, Three-Legged Races, Relay Races, 50 Yard Dash, 100 Yard Dash, I could go on and on . . . I HATED field day. I’d rather go to the dentist and get a cavity filled with no pain medication that live through field day.
I hated it because it was so difficult to try to cross the finish line. Winning was never an option . . . and a few times it was just easier to quit than to try to finish.
Once a friend of mine and I joined together in a three-legged race. BAD IDEA.
I think we were probably 2 feet different in height so the race was a total crash and burn. We couldn’t make it halfway across the field. Finally – because every other team had crossed the finish line, we just gave up. We never finished the race.
The finish line was just too far away so we quit.
When we live with OCD – Obsessive Comparison Disorder – we are always chasing a win. And in that chasing, we become bitter, jealous, envious, unsettled, and unhappy because we are chasing something we can never win.
When we compare ourselves to each other, that finish line is always moving and is not something we can ever achieve.
There are never enough “likes.”
There are never enough “views.”
There are never enough “atta-girls” and “atta-boys” to make us feel like we win.
We always want more . . .
Contentment is the spiritual antidote to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Contentment is that deep-seated feeling that we have enough. We know that God provides all that we “NEED” – (maybe not want) – and that God is enough.
What we have and where we are . . . it is enough.
God wants us to enjoy life and that is impossible if we are never content.
It takes courage to learn to be content.
Today practice courage, stop comparing and be content.