His old bicycle was worn out. He begged his dad for a new one.
Finally it was his birthday. When he came home from school that afternoon, he discovered a beautiful new bicycle in the garage. With great excitement he rode down the street to show it to his best friend.
Soon he returned home and waited for his father. When his dad arrived, he began to cry, “George got a new bike, too. It has a light on the handlebar. It’s better than mine.”
Jealousy! It begins at birth, rages in most hearts, and for some, lasts a lifetime.
In the Bible “jealousy” is sometimes described as the opposite of love and thankfulness and the enemy of gratitude.
It is the “attitude of gratitude” that exposes our faith in God. Often we only feel secure in what we have, not Whom we have, Jesus Christ. When times are good, bank accounts growing, the economy flourishing, and jobs secure, we rarely notice what others have.
As Christians we need to look at our lives through God’s eyes. Looking at our lives through His eyes may enable us to find joy in the smallest event, happiness in the smile of a child, satisfaction in a job well done.
Embracing our lives just as they are and being thankful for what we have will enable us to give up the struggle to acquire what we want but do not need. Where we are and what we have is exactly the way things are to be. Rejoice and be thankful!
Prayer: Help me, Lord to accept all that I have as gifts of Your goodness, especially my salvation. Remove jealousy from my heart and envy from my mind. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture: Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.