I wanted to do an inspirational post for the letter ‘J’ and so chose jealousy as the topic. To read more ‘J’ blogs for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, click here.
Jealousy is something that everyone struggles with from time to time. When life is going in a great direction, we don’t look at others’ lives, except to congratulate or share in the joy of living. But when things start to take a downhill turn…envy can begin to gnaw at the edges of our heart with sharp bitter teeth.
The Good: Jealousy can show us where we want to be someday. I know if I am jealous that someone is traveling somewhere that I really should start prioritizing my funds so maybe I can take a trip someday soon. If someone I know paid off their students loans (seriously, how?), then I need to make goals so I can feel that satisfaction someday (in like…1 billion years).
The Bad: Jealousy can destroy lives if not kept in check. Ok, that may be a little over dramatic, but if someone I know always seems to have the perfect life I could start to resent them. There is no reason to resent someone for their successes. 1. You don’t know their life! They could have other bad things going on behind the scenes that is ruining their day. Maybe they just posted about their weight-loss or new car because they need a little positivity right then. 2. They could be jealous of YOU for something in your life! Have you ever thought of that? It’s sometimes hard to step back and see the blessings in your life. I know I have difficulty seeing the beauty around me sometimes. But your life is for YOU and their lives is theirs. Just do your best!
The Katy: “But Katy, who are you to tell me not to be jealous?” I may just be speaking from my own emotional experiences, but I hope I don’t come off as preachy. I just want you to be happy. I know I still feel jealous (often), but looking through pictures of the “good ol’ times” on Facebook or current ones of my family make me feel better most of the time. And if I love those people I envy, then I will also be happy for them, even knowing I want to meet that same goal someday. I need to take my own advice!
1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it his not arrogant.