The Problem with Envy

“God has giv­en … you … spe­cial abil­i­ties … use them to help each oth­er.” 1 Pe 4:10 TLB

One coun­selor notes: “When we climb on board the see­saw of envy, we sink straight down while the focus of our dis­con­tent ris­es far above us. In this out-of-bal­ance com­par­i­son we always find our­selves want­i­ng. Envy leads to self-pity and ingrat­i­tude … we’re so pre­oc­cu­pied with our dis­sat­is­fac­tion that it’s impos­si­ble to enjoy what we have and what we’re doing. Envy leads to bit­ter­ness, resent­ment and hos­til­i­ty. It’s not sur­pris­ing the word envy comes from the Latin word invidere, which means to look at with mal­ice … You are a unique cre­ation with your own spe­cial capa­bil­i­ties, timetable, and des­tiny … it makes no sense to com­pare your­self. An hon­est, grate­ful look at your God-giv­en assets will help you become sat­is­fied with what you have and who you are.”
Don’t let envy steal anoth­er sec­ond of your hap­pi­ness. When it moti­vates you to com­pare your­self with oth­ers, you always come up short. It makes you cyn­i­cal. Noth­ing you do is sat­is­fy­ing. Envy makes you sus­pi­cious of oth­er peo­ple’s motives, even when they gen­uine­ly care about you. You have trou­ble accept­ing that their friend­ship is real so you dis­tance your­self from them, and you end up with very few friends. That’s the answer? Accep­tance and grat­i­tude is the anti­dote to the poi­son of envy. it’s about accept­ing that Gods in con­trol, and learn­ing to be thank­ful for the “many kinds of bless­ings” that sur­round you. Remem­ber, “God has giv­en … you … spe­cial abil­i­ties … use them to help each oth­er.”

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA. Pub­lished on 02/16/2017 from Larsen, Earnie and Car­ol Hegar­ty. Days of Heal­ing, Days of Joy, New York: Harp­er & Row, 1987