Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Proverbs 27:4
I read a quote today that made sense: “If my friend fails, I feel sad. If my friend succeeds, I feel sadder.” It’s humorous but there’s often an element of truth in it. It doesn’t help us at all to be envious or jealous of someone else’s successes. Nor is it good to be jealous of someone’s set of skills and talents.
We are all given a unique combination of talents and gifts. Some are born to sell; others are born to complete what the salesmen sells. Some are born to write; others are gifted at music or art. Some are great sportsman; others love to cook. Some are great speakers; others are great with the written word.
No two individuals are gifted the same, and it’s often difficult for us to admit that. We do just need to step back and be grateful for the talents we have, and admire the talents of others (without coveting them).