JESUS HAS THE ANSWER
Dear child, when you take a photograph, you have the decision to zoom in tightly on one aspect of the scene or to pan out and so capture a greater breadth. When it comes to comparing yourself to others, the secret is to pan way back.
When you feel yourself getting jealous, open up your view. Is this person who has the thing you covet faced with other challenges? Perhaps she is worried about her weight while you are naturally thin. Or she is lonely because her oldest child moved away while yours lives close by. Or she has tension with her husband behind the scenes. Or she’s battling the fear that she may have cancer. By invoking both your knowledge of her situation as well as your imagination, you will realize that you don’t want all of what she has: You just want that one thing. And life doesn’t work that way.
By taking a broader view, you will avoid focusing tightly on something—like a gnat—while ignoring something larger. You can apply that wider perspective to yourself as well: Do you love others with a pure heart? If the answer is yes, you’ve done the main thing: You’ve strained out the camel.
Please come to Me now so you can feel the truth of this. Send Me a wave of your joyful love and feel the Holy Spirit lift your spirit. Rest here in My arms for a few minutes as the Spirit resets your spirit in truth and love and peace. It will be easier now to see things with wide eyes.
“You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!” —Jesus to the Pharisees,