The Holiday


One movie I love that I can watch over and over again is The Holiday.  The story in itself is pretty much like any other romantic comedy.  The couples meet.  They fall in love but don’t realize it yet.  Then there’s some hardship or chance of separation.  Then they realize they’re in love.  Then they finally get back together and live happily ever after.  And all the while the music is telling you how you should feel.  Yada, yada, yada.

Been there.  Done that.

The part that really intrigues me about this movie is the fact that for their vacations they just swap houses.  A girl from London flies and stays in LA for a couple weeks, and the girl from LA flies to London to stay.  They live in each others houses.  Sleep in their beds.  Watch their televisions.

Actually now that I’m typing it out it sounds a little creepy.  Intriguing, but a little creepy.

But have you ever wanted to just see what it would be like to live for a little while in someone else’s shoes?  Maybe it seems like their life might just be a little bit better than yours?  Maybe they have more money.  Maybe they’ve got a family.

Maybe I’m the only one.

What I find, though, the more I get to really know people is that there are problems on both sides of the fence.  They’re just different problems.  We get into this thought process thinking that someone has it better than us, or the things that they have would make our lives better and finally complete.

The trick is figuring out how to be happy exactly where we are and in whatever circumstances.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  ~ Philippians 4:11-12

And here’s the thing:  I can’t tell you how to do this.  Everyone has their own “happy.”  What makes me content and happy will not be the same for you.  One, it would make for a very boring place, but, two, God created us individually because we’re different.  Our differences make us wonderful and complete.

So I just hope today that we can quit comparing ourselves to others and start comparing ourselves to Christ.  Our faith in Him is the only way to be complete.


Do you play the comparison game or is it just me?

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