I have wanted to write a post about jealousy for some time now. But as I’ve discovered, it’s sort of a tricky topic to talk about. People could get the wrong idea and either think that I’m jealous of someone, or that I’m arrogant enough to assume that other people are jealous of me.
Still though, I think it’s an important enough issue to bring up despite the risks that come with it. Because we’ve all been on both sides of the spectrum at one time or another I’m sure. We’ve been the person who is jealous, or the one others are jealous of. I don’t need to remind anyone that neither of these are fun roles to play. You’re either bitter and dissatisfied with your life, or punished for being happy. Is there any middle ground?
The green-eyed monster is not our friend. If we try, we are able find joy in other people. Be happy for your friends’ successes. And be happy for the moment you are at in life too. God has you in that moment for a reason. If nothing else, be joyful for that! The God of the universe wants you in this very moment in time… right now. But you can’t enjoy it if you’re too busy wishing you were living someone else’s moment (or trying to take that moment away from them).
Besides, we really have no reason to be jealous of other people anyway, because God has a unique plan just for us. As Jeremiah 29:11 (one of my favorite verses!) says:
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.
If we learn to celebrate other people’s triumphs, we will be happier. Our family will be happier; our friends will be happier. Our children will be a step ahead of their peers if they learn this from us early on.
Remember, we are ALL supposed to be cheerleaders—-cheering each other on and encouraging each other through our words and actions.