I always end up comparing myself to other people’s great characteristics and wishing I was more like them.
Reference: v.16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Lucy has the most amazing eye lashes; Cameron has the quickest wit; Kym has the flattest stomach; Ruth has the most caring nature; Ann has the most dramatic facial expressions; Andy has the most creative mind; Kel has the best one-liners; Penny has the greatest self-confidence; Russ has the friendliest nature; Derryn can jump the highest… I am blessed to have so many amazing people in my life, but it’s hard not to wish that I was as good as them.
Application: While I know that we are commanded to keep all the commandments, it’s the final one that I find the toughest. Do not covet = do not want what someone else has. This does not mean that I tend to steal from others, because tangible items are not what I crave. But I always end up comparing myself to other people’s great characteristics and wishing I was more like them. God created me and there are many great things about me. He wants me to feel blessed with who I am and the potential I have, rather than how I could potentially be like someone else.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I break Commandment 10 and wish to be something that I’m not. Help me to know that Your design is best for me. Amen.
Which commandment do you find hardest to keep?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.