“Their lives are so perfect; therefore mine sucks…”
Many times when we see people or when we browse through other people’s facebook updates, we feel insufficient comparing to other people. We always lack of something important or something beautiful. May it be the beautiful house that your childhood friend is staying in, the promotion of your colleague, the recent luxury tour that you best friend went, the new born baby of your cousin, loving relationship of the young couple you knew from church or the supercar drove by your neighbour. (Of course, there are also many many other things…)
There are times when we feel inadequate and therefore when other shines in their lives, it makes us feel so miserable and start to drift away from everyone whom you think is living a better life than us, a perfect life.
You might think you are the only one, but trust me, everyone feels the same. And this reminds me of the miracle of the five loaves and two fish. (John 6:9-12)
9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
If we are going to let this sense of insufficiency hold us back from doing anything and draw back from showing compassion and develop better relationships, we are missing out the GREAT part!
Imagine we are this little boy having 5 small bread and 2 small fish, and wonder shall we give it out to feed those 5000 men who are bigger than you. You might think to yourself, there might be other people, richer people out there who can help to provide. Imagine if we hide ourselves with the small bread and fish, we will never be able to experience miracle.
You never know your little smile, small act of kindness and words of encouragement or little prayer might make someone’s day, inspire and motivate those around you. “We can do nothing, but Jesus can do everything” (Php 4:13). We are weak, but Jesus is strong! All we have to do is bring five loaves and two fish to Jesus.
Life never seems to be the way we want it, but we live it in the best way we can. Look around you and you will see there is no perfect life but we can fill it with perfect moments through sharing and experience the joy of wonderful miracles.