That Green-Eyed Monster

It does not envy, 1 Corinthians 13:4

In America we try to keep up with the Joneses, who also try to keep up with the Joneses. It speaks of dissatisfaction with what we already have. This envy happens to all of us in one form or another. We condemn the egregious examples of it but secretly wish our home was a little bigger or our cars were a little nicer.

I was visiting a friend who lives in an upscale Dallas neighborhood. My friend remarked about all the homes surrounding his, “What people don’t always understand is that many people here worked long hours for thirty or forty years to get to live in these homes. None of them won the lottery.” That’s what’s missing in the envy equation: hard work. What’s also missing is what I wrote a little earlier: contentment, or the lack of it.

Are you content with what you have? What would it take to make you more content? Be careful of that green-eyed monster called envy. The people you may be envying may be envying someone else.

Be content with what you have and who you are. Life’s just simpler that way.

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