There’s something about comparison and envy that rises up in me more often than I’d care to admit.
For the most part, I just do my thing. But sometimes, what’s happening in the life of another catches my attention. Everyone’s highlight reel is readily on display on social media. I see it and I envy it. I want to be where the popular people are, doing what the popular people do and eating what the popular people are eating.
But if I’m honest, I don’t envy them as much as I can envy those in my everyday life.
And, I don’t like it . . . not one little bit. It makes me feel sick inside.
I have a friend. We all have “this” friend. We have similar passions and callings. Only she seems to be advancing in those passions and callings. This friend and I actually serve in youth ministry together. But, she is relatively new to serving in this ministry. I’ve been serving in it for almost 10 years.
God has given me opportunities to speak into these lives of these sweet kids. And I am truly grateful for those opportunities. But recently, I have been feeling a little left out. This friend and I lead a high school girls small group, and she is wildly adored and sought after by the girls. The youth pastor has asked her to M.C. and even preach at a few of the youth services.
These are real and valid situations and emotions for many of us. But, I don’t want to camp in this space. I don’t want to become bitter or jaded or resentful or jealous of a sister in the faith. I don’t want to become distracted by what is or isn’t happening with other people. I don’t want to inhibit a move of God in my life. That is the scheme of the enemy. He wants to cause division and disunity.
I will not fall prey to his tactics anymore! Instead, I will remind myself of how to respond when I am tempted to turn a shade of green.
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