I had this sentence written down in a piece of paper about a year ago, as I started to be grateful for what I have in my life. The good experiences, the lessons learned, and everything in between.
In the past, every time I see people post Facebook pages celebrating their successes, family lives, I have to be honest, I was jealous. I have uttered harsh words that are really not worth writing here. But suffice it to say that I would avoid logging in to Facebook for many days at a time. It’s a good thing that my phone cannot accommodate more apps and so am not up to date with what’s happening with everyone. Only focused on my family members’ pages, and that’s it.
But as I was writing and researching for this topic, I came across this quote on the Internet that really made me think.
When I read this, I have to choose between gratefulness and envy. I choose the former as it not only gives me positive feelings, it also allows the Universe or God to bestow me with more blessings. It makes me view things in a different light.
As Matthew 6:24 (Amplified) states, “No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other.” I’m simply mentioning this verse as an analogy. It’s like oil and water, they truly cannot be mixed together.
There are other Bible verses that speak about jealousy and envy:
James 3:14-16 NIV – “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
Proverbs 14:30 NIV – “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
Yes, if envy and jealousy are indeed left to fester in your heart and mind, it will eat away at your soul, at your core, at who you are.
This is why I’m thanking God for everything the moment I wake up and before I go to sleep. And even during the day, I’m saying thanks. It may not be easy at first, but once you’re into it, it will be easier.