Word for Today by Bob Gass (THE PROBLEM WITH ENVY)
God has given…you…special abilities… use them to help each other.’ Peter 4:10 TLB
Earnie Larsen and Carol Hegarty write: ‘When we climb on board the see-saw 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. What’s the answer? Acceptance and gratitude is the antidote to the poison of envy. It’s about accepting that God’s 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.’