My husband and I have two Papillons, Macy and Zoé, who both believe with all of their furry little hearts that they are human children. Most of them time we don’t bother to correct them. One of their very favorite things in the world are the little slivers of ice cubes that fall on the floor as I’m filling up glasses. The very moment they hear the ice maker kick on they come sprinting and sliding into the kitchen to gobble up any ice cubes they can find. It’s quite adorable, really.
Their ice cubes are identical. No difference whatsoever. Yet because it does not belong to them, they want it desperately. They leave their own behind out of pure envy of the other’s ice. As I was watching their antics a few evenings ago it struck me with sudden clarity – how often have you and I been the one to toss aside our “ice” out of desire for someone else’s? Maybe it’s their job, wardrobe, car, house, relationships, finances, etc. Would we be happier with their ice? Probably not. And I don’t think we would ever find joy because we wouldn’t be living the life God has led us to, wouldn’t get to experience all of the things that He has planned for us.