A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones. – Proverbs 14:30
It’s not that hard to write a good post on Monday morning when there’s such great content to draw from at church on Sunday. Yesterday was week two of the Seven Deadly Sins series and the subject was “Envy.”
Covetousness – a bitter discontent – is a sour misdirection that causes us to miss out on what is wonderful about our own lives; we’re so busy focusing on what others have we become incapable of enjoying – or even realizing – what is ours.
Rebekah pointed out that envy is counting other people’s blessings instead of our own; it’s a rejection of our own uniqueness and a tacit criticism of the gifts, opportunities, plans and intentions God has for us.
It was also a communion Sunday, where we recognize how God’s grace and mercy are such a generous outpouring of love! How could anyone possibly be jealous or envy anyone else once they begin to understand what the bread and the wine symbolize?
Envy disses God:
I can’t let go of this idea that when I envy someone else I am disrespecting God and essentially being ungrateful for the incredible blessings that define my life on every level.
The antidote for this sin is of course gratitude. A grateful heart is incompatible with envy and jealousy.
We live in a culture where the engine of our market economy gains its fuel from pointing out what we do not have and convincing us that we need it. What’s disturbing about this is how easily we are led into dissatisfaction and discontent, and how readily we trade in gratitude for envy.
Cultivating a grateful heart, then, not only helps us avoid the trap of the second deadly sin on our list, it also has the power to simultaneously increase our enjoyment of life while significantly improving our financial wellbeing.
Listen to Rebekah’s message by clicking on this link – Rebekah’s message on Envy – and plan to follow this series with next week’s thoughts about “Anger.”
Peace and more peace – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.