Grace and Peace to you!
Today’s uplift: Having the victory over Envy- the silent killer. Envy is pervasive and therefore makes an excellent topic. It is a silent killer! The definition of envy is; wanting what somebody else has; the resentful or unhappy feeling of wanting somebody else's success, good fortune, qualities, or possessions; to desire something possessed by somebody else. Some synonyms for envy are: jealousy, greed, bitterness, resentment, spite. The definition says it all!!
The degree of envy varies from person to person. Yet, there are good reasons to remove it from our lives. Envy is a thief that robs us of happiness. Envy also prevents you from enjoying what you already have and being grateful for the provisions that God has provided! Envy can cause physical effects to your bodies by having those toxic emotions stirring around on a regular basis. The resentment and frustration that accompanies envy can cause stress, drain your energy and you could start to lose sleep. Proverbs 14:30 says “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot”.
Even if you think of envy as a small matter, at times the smallest of concerns can lead to huge problems if we don’t pull those toxic thoughts down as soon as they start to rise up. Just think, if everything was handed to you on a silver platter, you would be denied the exhilaration and joy that follows success after the struggle. True, if we inherit great wealth, we can spend it on various pleasures, but how short-lived are they? How shallow are they? It’s the struggles that build character and the mistakes that build knowledge. I Peter 2:1 says “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander”. You were placed on earth to live an abundant life, not a beggar’s life. Greatness lies in following your own path. Strive for uniqueness, not conformity. The paradox is that often having less is having more. For when we have less wealth, we often have more drive, more ambition, more direction, more purpose, and more adventure. Philippians 4:19 says “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” That’s another promise that we have; our needs will be supplied for!
Also, please understand there is a big difference between those who have had wealth handed to them and those who have had to work hard for their success. The difference is the former can lose everything they have, for all they have is wealth. But if the latter lose their wealth, they still have the skills and knowledge they acquired during their struggles. Armed with know-how and the scars to prove they can overcome obstacles, they have the resilience to bounce back after a so-called disaster. They are true survivors, for it is not wealth that provides security, but resilience.
It also needs to be said that envy is ignorance of the problems that others have. The people that you are envious of may be unhappy, have relationship problems, they may have health challenges, worried about their future, be bored, feel lost, be unsure of themselves, or have any number of other problems. It is only your ignorance of their complaints that makes you envy them. What we really should be striving for is being more effective in the kingdom of God. Your happiness does not come from HAVING more, but from BEING more. From being MORE loving, more grateful, more cooperative, more helpful, more encouraging, more accepting, more understanding, more trusting in the Lord, more supportive, more compassionate toward others, more forgiving, more cheerful, and more caring. When we can be happy for others and celebrate their successes, we uplift ourselves and destroy any remnants of envy.
So, it's time for a change of attitude! Start each day by writing the following questions and answering them in a journal: "What am I grateful for today? What am I excited about today? What am I looking forward to today?"
Answering these questions will help you stay focused on the positive, energizes you, and jump-starts your day. Repeat this routine daily and before you know it, you'll begin to see life in a new way. Much has been written about the importance of gratitude and now it's time for you to experience it.
Over comer, envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack of belief in their own gifts. We all have been blessed with gifts, USE yours and don’t hate on someone else’s!
Remember - Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!
Love Min. P.