In a world driven by instant gratification, elite statuses, likes, and trends , it can be hard not to focus on what everyone else is doing. Whether we are scrolling on our timelines, browsing the web, or flipping through television channels, there is always a constant reminder that somewhere, there is someone doing better than us; flaunting something we don't have; and doing the things we'd love to do. While it can be tempting to sit and sulk in a pool of negative emotions upon bearing witness to such things, there is a much better alternative: gratitude.
If we think on a higher level, gratitude will allow us to understand that God created all of us, individually, for a special purpose. In Jeremiah 29:11, God reassures us of this and even lets us know that His plans are to "prosper" us; "not harm" us; to give us "hope and a future." This means that right in this very moment, we are exactly where we need to be.
Ouch, right? Yes, I know. I'm sure that doesn't sit quite well within your spirit. Even I, myself, have had a hard time accepting my own reality and where I am in my life. So trust me; you are not alone. While I don't expect this to immediately take away any unsettled feelings you might have about your life, I do want to encourage you to be grateful for the season you are in. Understand that God will never allow you to endure something He did not equip you for. This means that you are where you are because He has special insight into your future. He can see things that are far ahead of you, and for whatever reason, He is using these present moments as essential chapters of your elevation story.
You are great. You are wonderful. You are gifted. In His eyes, you have already been validated. This means your path does not, should not, and will never align with those you compare yourself to. Why? Simply because you have a special purpose that no one else can fulfill but YOU. If you channel your energy towards assessing the highs and lows of others, you'll never get to appreciate the joyful moments as they arrive in your own life. Remember that while others are displaying the highlight reels of their lives, there are a number of behind-the-scenes clips that you may not be privy to. What I am trying to say is: everyone has a struggle, whether seen or unseen. This is why it is important to be thankful for your own life and personal experiences. Assessing the (oftentimes false) realities of others will only cause you to miss the big picture that God wants you to see.
So my friend, I encourage you to love yourself; appreciate this time; and trust that in His eyes, you are more than special.