“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor manservant, nor the maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s”.(Exodus 20:17 KJV)
How easy is it to want what someone has? Personally, I think it’s way too easy to do. The one thing that I have learned in my life is to never envy what someone else has. This lesson came at a very young age and it has enabled me to be strong and at ease with who I am, what I have, and what I have been chosen to do. My sweet Granny always says,” Never want what someone else has because you never know what they had to sacrifice to get it.” Many times on the social media platforms what you see is a staged reality. Staged, meaning it is arranged for the desired impression. Truth be told, it isn’t a reliable indicator of true happiness or contentment.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES’S
As humans, there seems to be an innate tendency to compare our quality of life, possessions, accomplishments, successes, and future goals to people around us. The list of life comparison is endless and pointless. It is harmless to admire or be excited about another person’s things. However, if you desire it for yourself then you have just bought into the slippery slope of feeling defeated, ungrateful, and jealous. More and more people are experiencing feelings of inadequacy because of comparison, which lays the groundwork for jealousy and it breeds insecurity. You’ve heard the old saying, If you aren’t careful you will spend money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like”. The price of wanting to feel validated by the number of likes will have you in constant motion unable to be grounded with ease. This is a heart issue that has to be acknowledged and given to God so that He could restore you. This could also be an indicator that you are becoming consumed with other people lives. God is your source and we should rely on Him to meet our needs and give you true joy. Just think for a second, If you could be someone else or your life would be better if you had more. What are you really saying to God? He didn’t get it quite right with you or your things.
TRUST IN GOD
Securing the bag, the man, the woman, the shoes, or the car doesn’t add stature to your esteem. Yes, you may have a sense of temporary fulfillment. Eventually, you find yourself returning to the low place because it seems you can’t keep it up. The temporary fix will never resolve the problem. Exercise the muscle in your spiritual life of contentment. Thank God for everything that He has done and who He is. I challenge you to thank Him for the prayers that He didn’t answer and things He didn’t allow you to have. Practice this daily and the spirit of thanksgiving will evict jealousy and insecurity out of your heart and spirit.
“ Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)