For many years, I thought envy and jealousy were synonymous terms and whenever I heard either term, I immediately recalled the story of Patti Dean and the Go Go Boots.
I posted that blog a few years ago but I have since learned the distinction between these two terms. Envy is an emotion related to coveting what someone else has while jealousy is the emotion related to fear that something you have will be taken away by someone else.
This is what envy looks like.
This is how envy tempts.
Have you ever been green with envy?
Since my Go-Go boot days, there have certainly been times that I have been envious of other’s people’s success and possessions but thankfully, the older I have gotten, the less envious I have become. Envy demands that energy be thrown into the abyss of discontentment which in turn, stops me from loving others well.
When there is envy, we can’t accept, be at peace with, honor, live in harmony with or be devoted to one another. Envy foolishly feeds into the “if only I had _______, I would be happy” syndrome, which inevitably leads to defeat and discouragement because it’s a false belief – it’s a lie.
Harold Coffin once wrote, “Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own” – that’s not always easy to do but scripture tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice. I want to put energy into celebration, not covetousness.
True contentment puts a new spin on, “having it all.”
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Do you remember a time when you have felt envious towards someone?
- What kinds of emotions does envy stir up inside you?
- On a scale of 1-10, (10 being really content) how would you rate your contentment?
speak truth: A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Proverbs 14.30 ESV