I think sometimes reading blogs and being in blogland can make you a jealous person. Actually, let me go back…and say sometimes being a human being in the real world can make you a jealous person. And jealousy is such an ugly term but an even uglier existence.
By no means am i a jealous person but sometimes…just sometimes, i find myself wanting things that other people may have. According to Webster’s dictionary…jealous is defined as the following:
- intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness
- disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness
- hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage
- vigilant in guarding a possession
According to Webster…none of definitions are positive. And as a Christian, the bible is very specific about being a jealous person. After all in Exodus 20:17, we are reminded: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” And in James 3:16: “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice”. God’s thoughts on jealousy and a jealous person are very clear.
And yet sometimes, i covet other’s people’s possessions. Their house, Their car. Their shoes. Their purse. In blogland…their followers, # of comments, their connections, etc. In twitter world: their followers. On facebook: the amount of likes. The things we covet are plenty. And it’s not surprising that most of the things i find myself wanting and being jealous of are all of material things. Which is so superficial. Am i superficial?
Why can’t i covet the things which are more substantial…like a person’s love for God, willingness to make sacrifices, love of hard work and dedication to their craft? Which i don’t even think it’s right to covet these things but at least…it’s not materialistic.
This post was to remind myself that being a jealous person is futile. It stunts my personal and professional and spiritual growth. It is self defeating and self serving. It belittles my talents and gifts and abilities. It blocks my blessings from flowing.
I am reminded that when i am focused on someone else’s possessions and things…i am NOT tending to my own affairs and nurturing the good things i have in my life. My grass is only going to get greener if i am tending to it and taking care of it. I am only going to be blessed if i am blessing others. I am only going to be fulfilled if i am fulfilling!
A jealous person is an ugly person. An ugly person is a jealous person. And i want to be that person that is not jealous in any area of my life.
Question of the Day: What do you find yourself coveting sometimes?