Happy Tuesday my loves…
Some people say that it is normal to be envious of what other people have but I don’t think so. I believe that envy is the root of all sin. After all, it is the reason why the enemy has fallen out of heaven. It is also the reason why Eve had to take a bite from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Envy will rob us of our happiness. If we constantly envy what other people have, we will not have any time to appreciate what we have. We will not feel contentment for what we have. We will always compare ourselves with other people. Trust me…it’s not easy to always compete. Sooner or later, you will get tired and still you haven’t won.
We can never have everything that we want. People seem to have known every word in the dictionary except for one: contentment. When we were students we always dream of getting a job. When we did, we wanted a better job. Then we aimed for a better paying job. We got a car but we still want the new model of car that our neighbour has. There is simply no contentment. We keep on getting more and more yet we still want more. The more we have, the more we become in want.
Contentment – this is the opposite of envy. This the only way to avoid being envious and start being appreciative of what we already have. Remember that when you don’t have something that you want, it only means that you don’t need it. Sometimes we feel we need something when in fact we actually don’t. What God has given you is sufficient for you. He will never leave you wanting.
My challenge for all of us is to count our blessings. Appreciate what God has given us. Live life in all its beauty. Enjoy what we have. Look at what other people have only if our intention is to be happy for them and not be envious of them. Then we will all be happy.
And remember this always:
Philippians 4:11-12 ESV
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.