Are you envious of other individual’s successes or possessions? The dictionary defines envy as: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, successes, or possessions. The worse part of envy is not what it is but what it does.

The Bible says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
Proverbs 14:30

Did you hear that? Envy rots us from the inside out and robs us of any sense of peace we should have with our own successes, possessions and relationships.

In Ecclesiastes 4:4, scripture teaches us: “And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

Being envious is as pointless as trying to catch the wind. Envy does not bring peace. Envy does not provide prosperity, and it does not prompt promotion; however it does cause unrest, bitterness, and a negative self image. There are no advantages to envy; in fact, it will just leave you exhausted and still envious.

My sister-in-law recently lost everything she owned in an apartment fire. As part of the process, she had to write down every single item that she lost. She had to record every shoe, every piece of furniture, every kitchen, bath, and bedroom item that was destroyed. After completing this task, she commented, “Sometimes you have to lose everything to realize what you had to begin with.”

Maybe State Farm had the right idea… every now and then, we all need to make a detailed list of all we have: family, faith, friends, etc. I believe the best way to overcome envy is to stop looking around you and comparing yourself to others. INSTEAD, enjoy your own successes, relationships, and possessions! Chances are good that you have plenty for which to be thankful.

Think about it, and have an envy-free day!

John Mark Caton
SENIOR PASTOR
office: 972.359.7777 x1021
pastor@cottonwoodcreek.org