I am amazed at all the “Hollywood Reports” news shows on TV. All the stories are about rich celebrities, with so much going for them, but in some kind of trouble. Tiger Woods’ affairs, Lindsay Lohan’s arrests, Charlie Sheen’s addictions, Heath Ledger’s suicides.
Some of the world’s most miserable people are those whose situation seems the most enviable. So as we watch these people, whether famous or even people in our community, we begin to think that joy and peace have to do with our circumstances. A better job, house, status, portfolio, or spouse is all we need to “find” happiness.
Time and again we see people who reach the top of the ladder, by society’s standards, only to find emptiness, stress, doubt, insecurity, fear, addictions, or chaotic behavior awaiting them. How often do people say, “If I just won a million dollars, my life would be perfect.” Thirty percent of lottery winners, more than one million dollars, within three years are dealing with divorce, financial struggle, health issues, legal or addiction problems, estrangement from family or kids, depression, or suicide. Our flesh always wants MORE!
God’s Holy Word tells us that we are not to set our desires on anything that belongs to others. Not only can these cravings make us miserable, they can lead us to other sins such as adultery, addiction, gossiping, or stealing.
True joy will never come by envying others. True Joy is a byproduct of living in the presence of God. Realizing He perfectly gives you exactly what you need, so focus on stewarding that well. Therefore you can experience true joy anywhere and in any circumstance; from palaces to prisons…anywhere.
Today, be mindful of envious thoughts and desires. Instead, concentrate on staying in communication with God. No need to be envious of anyone…after all the most precious and valuable possession is free and available to everyone; eternal life through Christ. Tune in tomorrow for more on envy’s trap.
Dear Father God, I thank You for all the blessings and gifts You have given me. I know that You will provide everything I need, but Father, I confess of being envious of others and their possessions. Grow in me a heart and mind for the eternal kingdom and awareness of my spiritual needs, and less focused on my material and psychological answers that are short-sighted, quick fix solutions. Thank You, for being patient with me all these years, as I am a slow learner, but excited with what You are showing me in my life these last few years. In Jesus’ all-satisfying name we pray; and all God’s children say –AMEN!
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything; you may have an abundance for every good deed
2 Corinthians 9:8