When you feel less joyous about the celebration of someone else’s accomplishments, or when you feel inadequate about yourself after a long scroll of a timeline filled with people seemingly doing their best, do you stop and take a self-check? Do you consider the temperament of your heart? Do you ever consider your feelings to be a form of jealousy? It is certainly possible.
Being envious of someone or something is a common occurrence. While common, it is often uncommon for us to admit jealousy. We may have different perspectives of what jealousy means. Jealousy, is defined as the act of resentment of someone’s advantages or achievement.
Consider these attributes and do a self-check if they occur:
- Unable to be genuinely happy for anyone else’s success.
- Finding the negative in someone’s positive situation.
- Making back-handed or snide remarks about someone, especially during a time where they are happy/achieving a goal.
- Constantly comparing your lifestyle to that of others.
- Complaining when you see others doing well.
These are just some considerations that may stem from jealousy. God wants us to show love no matter what. He desires us to be our unique selves. Therefore, we should relish in the fact that what God has ordained for us is good! What is for us, no one else has control of and when we are God’s children, we all win!
There is no need to be jealous and frustrated with the success of others when you have gifts and an assignment embedded in you that you should be devoting your effort to accomplish and utilize. Jealousy and the act thereof, is time wasted. We are allotted a time for everything. We all have purpose and our focus should be on that and not dwelling on jealous antics and envious behavior. Devote your time to God’s will, for you are victorious in Him.
Meditate on This: Proverbs 23:17-18
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.