The snags in the blue-stained carpet held my rapt attention, as I tried to find anywhere to rest my eyes, except on the women talking near me. It was impossible not to hear their private sharing; and I had nowhere else to go but the seat I occupied in the waiting room.
Although their conversation had begun with weary words of how exhausting their lives were, it soon had led to the details that left me surprised. The first woman shared her "busyness" which consisted of pedicures, hair appointments and back massages. The second description was not very different.
Within moments, it seemed the air became more stale than it had been and the sunlight streaming in the windows dimmed its bright and cheery effect. What changed? Only my heart and its response to some strangers description of busyness...you see, I fell feet first into a comparison trap.
What's a comparison trap? A device that is used frequently in our lives -- so often, that we may not even notice its stellar effectiveness that leads us away from the things with which we are already blessed. In fact, there are traps of this nature set around our lives daily and we must navigate them with extreme caution.
Ease of life? Children? Personal dwellings? Spouses? Wardrobes?
These areas and many more can either be examined with a warm heart of thankfulness for what we have, or a cold heart of emptiness that comes from what we don't have. Our attitude will determine whether we fall into the trap of comparison or step over it with a giant step of gratitude.
You must know your own weaknesses for the comparison traps in your world and be as vigilant as a soldier on duty.
How did my blue-stained carpet afternoon end? I quickly sensed God remind me that my life, too, would have aspects of ease to it also, depending on the person that would overhear one of my conversations. It was not for me to judge, nor wallow in self-pity; but to stand up and recognize the greatness of EVERY good thing I enjoy...even if it's not over a pedicure.
"Make a careful exploration
of who you are...don't compare
yourself with others."