“I absolutely love my dear friend, Lisa, but despite her warmth and loyalty over the years, I’d always felt a stab of jealousy when I’d compare her life with mine. She owns a lucrative business, has a large house a shiny new SUV and she goes on a fancy vacation every summer with her whole family. On the other hand, my husband and I have always had to budget every dollar to provide for our children, and most months we barely make ends meet.
“I’d still give thanks to God for my blessings, but it seemed more like going through the motions instead of truly meaning my words. Sure, we’ve had a good life, but I’d always wondered what it would feel like to be able to buy anything I want and not worry about money.
“After picking up a pizza for dinner one evening on the way home from work, I hurried back to my car. To my surprise, I saw a man in a tattered clothes putting coins in my expired parking meter. When he saw me approach, he shrugged and grinned a toothless smile.
“‘I’ve got change in my pocket and God is good,’ he chimed. ‘I’m blessed and I love blessing others.’
“As I watched him walk away, continuing to pop coins in blinking meters, it was as if blinders suddenly fell from my eyes. I’d been measuring my life and my blessings by things, by money, by success and not the true gifts that God had given me. If this man, who obviously had far less than I did, could glow with praise and joy, then I knew I could too.
“That day, I vowed not to compare myself with others and to overflow with thanks for all my Heavenly Father has done for me. And now, simply because He loves me, I feel like the richest woman in the universe.”
—Vivi McGraw, 62, Mansfield, OH