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Jealousy: The Great Distraction

I’m not going to lie. So, be warned, I may look a whole lot uglier to you after this post. But the truth is, jealousy has reared it’s ugly head.

I’m not talking cars, houses, clothes, or any other earthly thing you can name. I’m talking down right, “Why is their kid fine and not mine? Look at the fun weekend THEY got to have while I’m here watching my daughter suffer. It’s not fair that their kids can play outside while mine can only look at her tablet!” The real nitty, gritty, ugly kind of jealousy.
It’s natural.
How do I know that? Because the Bible speaks of it so much. God knew we would all struggle with such things and so He added it to His Word so we would hear what He thinks about it. And let me tell you, it’s not pretty.
For instance, I Corinthians 13 speaks on love. Guess what does not make the love list cut? I’ll give you a hint. It starts with a “J” and ends in a “always looking at what other people have.”
“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”~James 3:16: 
 
 When I start looking at everyone else’s circumstances, and let that seed begin to grow, then I miss out on all of MY blessings that God chose just for me… because I’m too busy letting the truth be skewed and confusion set in.
Because that is what jealousy brings us: Confusion. 
So I ask myself tonight, what DO I know? What blessings ARE before me?
And that my friend is when my list begins to get longer and longer and longer…
I don’t desire to become bitter and enraged. I don’t desire to compare my circumstances to others. I desire to be happy. I desire to make God happy. I desire to see things for what they really are. And knowing that my God supplies everything, then all that is before me can be a blessing in some way. Even when I have to look twice… or stand on my head to see it.
Posted March 16, 2015

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