There is a well-known saying that we would all do well to abide by and that is ‘Live and let live’. It means we get on with our lives and others do the same with theirs and the only time we get involved with what they’re doing is when it directly affects us.
In fact, there is a link between our own personal contentment level and the extent to which we concern ourselves with what others do. Basically, the happier we are with our own life, the less we worry about what others do with theirs.
The people who are forever going on about others are actually highlighting that their own life isn’t what it should be. ‘She buys new clothes every week’, ‘How can he afford a car like that?’ or ‘They go on holiday four times a year’ are not just signs of jealousy but also of personal unhappiness.
Reflect on your own life, do you find yourself saying, posting or thinking things like that? If so, take your focus off others and dig deeper in your own heart.
Strive to the be in the place where, regardless of how much we earn, what possessions we have or where we live, we have learned to be content.
The basis of today’s sermon at Tipton Family Church