Do Your Best with What You Have

You shall not covet your  neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant,  or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s. Exodus 20:17

How do  you feel about your life? Do you like it, love it, and enjoy it, or do you hate  it and wish you had a different one than you have? Do you look at other people  and their lives and wish you were them and had their lives? Do you want to look  the way they look, own what they own, have their career or their family? Or are  you happy with the life God has given you?

In the  Bible, wanting what others have is called coveting, and it is forbidden by God.  He even included it in the Ten Commandments. You are never going to have anyone  else’s life, so wanting it is a waste of time. You won’t look like them,  either, so learn to do the best you can with what you have to work with.

I have  adopted a new phrase lately, and it is helping me to deal with reality and not  waste my time being upset about things I cannot do anything about. I have been  saying, “It is what it is!” Somehow, that is a reality check for me, and I  quickly realize I need to deal with things the way they are, not the way I wish  they were.

Nobody  has a perfect life, and it is entirely possible that if you want someone else’s  life, they are busy wanting someone else’s, too; perhaps they even want your  life. Unknown people want to be movie stars, and movie stars want privacy. The  regular employee wants to be the boss, and the boss wishes he did not have so  much responsibility. A single woman wants to be married, and sometimes a  married woman wishes she were single. Contentment with life is not a feeling,  but it is a decision we must make. Contentment does not mean that we never want  to see change or improvement, but it does mean we can be happy where we are and  will do the best we can with what we have. It also means we will maintain an attitude  that allows us to enjoy the gift of life.

Trust in Him: If God wants you to  have what someone else has, you can trust Him to bring it to you, but first you  must be happy with what you have and do the best you can with it.

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