The world around us is all about offense. It’s to the point that you have more power if you are offended. It’s hard to teach our children not to live in offense and offense can be a part of jealousy and insecurity. These emotions all come out of comparison.
The book talks about not being offended by what God is doing in someone’s life. We can be going through a situation that is very difficult for us and will quickly look at someone’s situation with 20/20 vision. We think, “They have it all together. What are they doing that their kids aren’t going through what my kids are going through?”
The truth is we can’t compare our family, our kids, or our life to anyone else’s. That’s so natural to do, however, it will instantly handicap our prayer life. Our prayers will then become begrudging to the Lord, sprouting our of jealousy and not from a pure heart. We can begin to criticize the work of the Lord in our lives because it isn’t matching up to what we think we see in someone else.
“100 percent of the prayers we don’t pray aren’t answered.” The challenge this week is to stay focused on our own family. We have to avoid this tendency to compare to others and keep a pure, prayerful determination about our family and children. Keep on keeping on! You are a powerful parent as you are praying over your kids and yourself!