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Don’t Let Envy Hold You Back from Your Best Self

God has a plan for each and every one of us—you, me, and the billions of other people who share this Earth.Each of us was purposefully and wonderfully created by God. We were each given unique skill sets, desires and traits that are perfectly matched for the work that God has planned for us. Praying Today EnvyThis is not a mistake on God’s part. As Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” But it can be difficult to see God’s unique plan for us when looking at the world through eyes of envy. Envy is defined as: A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck. We can feel envious for a number of reasons. For example, when we see someone—a friend, family member, classmate—attain a new level of success while we seemingly remain stagnant. Or, when we see that someone effortlessly possesses a quality or characteristic that we desperately wish we could master (i.e. peacefulness verses anxiousness; gentleness verses abrasiveness; self-control verses indulgence). Regardless of the cause, when peering through eyes of envy we only see what we seemingly are not. Rather, we should be seeing ourselves as God sees us: worthy of dying for...a person with a future that has been lovingly hand crafted by the living King. Understandably, it can be difficult to see with this clear vision when life becomes unclear. Envy can become easy when someone else gets that promotion at work, for example; when your friend makes the Varsity team and you didn’t; or when you wish you could have responded to a certain situation like someone else did. The bottom line is that envy holds us back from being our best self—a person purposely created by God, who is continually working on us. So, be pleased with others’ progress knowing that God is at work within them—and He’s at work within you too. Don’t get down on yourself for where you are right here, right now. Think about where you are today compared to where you were five years ago, or even last year. Chances are you have already experienced unbelievable personal development, growth and spiritual maturity. Your path is unique to you; don’t let envy consume you and convince you otherwise. As James 3:16 says: “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.”


By: Allison Boccamazzo