Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Why Trading Places Never Works

Trading Places or Problems?

“Would you like to trade places with Sandra?”
I knew that Voice. Had heard it many times, deep in my heart where secrets hid from everyone but Him. This time, it was a wish that I could make money as quick and deftly as my friend, Sandra did. And the Lord was not buying it as an excuse for jealousy.
I thought of Sandra, nearing forty and still unmarried. Although she lived in a lovely home, she had few friends due to her bossy nature, and her family was 12 states away.  

Never Mind

I reconsidered my longing to be like her.
“I’m sorry, Lord. I really don’t want Sandra’s life. I’ll keep my own, thank you. But could you please give us a raise, or help us find other ways to make ends meet on our dinky pastor’s salary?”
“That’s better, honey. Of course, I’ll help you. All you had to do was ask. I have plenty to go around for all My kids.”


Sufficient Grace

That little conversation between God and me was many years ago. At times, I am still tempted to think someone else has fewer problems or an easier life than I do do. Then He reminds me that I don’t want to trade places and problems with anyone else.
His grace is sufficient for me, where I’m at today. And He has plenty to go around for all His kids.
Even YOU.
Are you ever tempted ask to trade with someone for their seemingly problem-free life?


  1. Jeanette: God has a plan for each of us. Yes, we sometimes think we would like to trade places with someone. However, we don't know what they deal with behind closed doors. My best friend has a wonderful attitude about life but I also have learned that she has some sturggles that I would not want to have to deal with. Another friend is dealing with illnesses of her mother, her husband, and her oldest son. But, if you were to meet these two, you would not have a hint about these things because they know the LORD. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  2. I remember those times when I was homeschooling our 2 children. Other women seemed to do better with their children and housecleaning and....then I realized they had the same thoughts. We seem to want to be like a specific person. A specific job. There's always something in life that happens that's not the best. We work it out with God. Going thru this time in my life is good even though still hurting some, it could have been worse. His mercy is new every morning. 🌞


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