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Comparison…a Thief of Joy.

Comparison…a Thief of Joy.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

If this statement is true, which I am certain it is, I am constantly having my joy stolen!  However, I have only myself to blame.  As I delve through blogs and Pintrest, keep track of old friends on Facebook, and watch T.V…I feel completely inadequate.  Completely.  I’m not thin enough, my kids aren’t in designer duds, my house doesn’t have granite counter tops, none of my shoes have heels, I don’t have a fancy “real” job…the list goes on and on.

Our culture, commercialism, and maybe even our government push us, encourage us, to live like the Jones’.  Because of it we are a nation of debt, and despite all we have to be thankful for in this country, there are so many who live in such sadness.

I think of women in poor countries who would do anything to have what I have.  A place to call home.  Babies with full bellies.   I read that if I have these things, I am richer that 75 percent of the population.  If I have a few dollars to spare in my wallet, I am in the top eight percent.

It is my goal, and it is an everyday struggle, to live my own life.  To live within my means, beneath my means even.   Being content with what I have, and thankful for it.  Thankful that my house is full of laughter and children.  That my non-granite counter tops serve up three homemade meals every day.  That my hard working husband comes home and loves us.  I have so much to be thankful for.  So I will {try} not to waste my time trying to acquire what others have, do what they do, be what they are.  Rather, try to spend my time, efforts, and talents being what God called ME to be.