I spent last night eating dinner at my parents house. Beside the normal topics of conversation, I began ask about cousins I haven’t heard from or seen in years. Unfortunately, each relative’s update included a similar pattern, ending with disappointment, divorce or unfulfilled potential.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus, Philippians 4:19.
Like anything in life, there is a temptation to compare yourself with others. While my life hasn’t been perfect or void of adversity, I feel quite fortunate and blessed. Up to this point, the Lord has provided daily bread, a sense of accomplishment and passion to pursue my dreams. Then again, maybe I’m just normal, making the most of what God has given me.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change, James 1:17.
When you study what the Bible says about blessings, you have to be careful not to take verses out of context. The apostle writes to Philippians after surviving an earthquake and seeing the hand of God in allowing trials to occur. Meanwhile, the brother of Jesus reflects upon how God is in control, despite how bad your current situation may be. Nonetheless, when you have experienced a good and decent life, you’re either blessed, fortunate, normal or a little bit of all three.
by Jay Mankus