I look at my life, and I have nothing to complain about. I have a great job, and I make enough money to live comfortably. I have a wonderful family that supports me in all of my endeavors, and I have friends that hold me accountable when I can’t see things clearly. What else could I ask for?
Knowing this, there are still times when I find myself driving down the road, looking at the car next to me, wishing it was mine. I look at other girls, wondering why I am not as funny, or as pretty, or why my clothes aren’t as expensive. I become unsatisfied with the things that are important, and I start to focus on the shallow things in life. I find myself wanting to be like those girls, and willing to trade everything I have to create that appearance. That feeling is called envy.
This sort of mentality is not something that has developed within our society overnight. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors were having the same destructive thoughts. King David brought himself to commit murder out of his envy and lust for another man’s wife (2 Samuel 12-13).
Envy has obviously been a big enough moral issue to be covered several times throughout the Bible.
James 3:16- For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
Proverbs 14:30- A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
The definition of envy is, “a feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another.”
Or as author Dante Alighieri quotes, “Envy ‘loves’ what other people possess, rather than what is Good, Beautiful and True.”
We have become so caught up on the materials of this world that we have forgotten the things that matter. Quality time with family comes at a distant 3rd place to a huge house and social status. Beauty is portrayed by what designer clothing you wear or how much plastic surgery you have had. If you don’t like you nose, with wealth and technology, you can change it!
But as the years go by, hair grows gray, skin gets wrinkled, and all of that beauty that you based your self-worth on has disappeared… where will your worth be found?
When your life comes to an end, all of the materials that once seemed so important will be left here on this earth, and none of it will mean anything. All that will matter is the legacy that you left behind, and the only thing that God will see is how you lived your life and how you treated others.
If you build your worth on materials, you will never be happy. You will always want what others have. And that envy can cloud your pursuit of God, and it can destroy what really matters… relationships . Envy is the subtle beginning to hate, and the opposite is love. You cannot live with both in your heart.
1 Corinthians 13:4- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
How do you view life? Are you the one that is always complaining about what you don’t have, hating others for what they do have? If your answer is yes, then you need to reevaluate where your self-worth lies. The problem is envy, and it will destroy you and others around you. I challenge you today to be happy with what God has blessed you with at this point in your life, and to be happy for those around you. Life is a journey and though it may not seem like it at the time, God has called you to a life of increase. All you have to do, is take your eyes off of others and put them on the promises of God. See how He will pour His blessings upon your life when your heart is on Him.
Morgan Pride- One Cubed StaffPrintable View