Back at the beginning of summer, I wrote a post titled “Comparison: The Thief of Joy.” Well, let’s just say, I think I really need to review my own post.
For the past couple of weeks, I have gone back to comparing my life to other people’s lives. One of my cousins has a new baby. A friend from church gets engaged. And I start feeling envious again. It is hard not too.
(There is always a “but,” isn’t there?)
The Bible says that envy is wrong…Love does not envy (1 Corinthians 13:4).
I’m not loving others when I am comparing myself to others or envying them because they have something I want.
I’m not loving myself when I am comparing myself to others or envying them.
And I’m definitely not loving God when I am comparing myself to others or envying them.
I’m actually saying to Him that what He has given me is not good enough. I’m not being grateful for the things that I have.
So what do I do?
1) I recognize that what I am doing is a sin.
2) I repent.
3) I replace the thought that what I have isn’t enough with the thought that God has gifted me with so many wonderful things.
4) I repair any damage that has been done to these relationships because of my envy.
5) Now, I am going to add a 5Th thing…I am going to choose to live deliberately by doing what I can to create the life that I believe the Lord wants me to have.