“Green-eyed lady ocean lady…” Oops wrong green-eye.
A recent devotion in Our Daily Bread (click here for full devo) included a story that I thought was pretty good (and made me chuckle).
The story is told of two shopkeepers who were bitter rivals. They spent each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he would smile triumphantly at his rival.
One night an angel appeared to one of the shopkeepers in a dream and said, “I will give you anything you ask, but whatever you receive, your competitor will receive twice as much. What is your desire?” The man frowned and then said, “Strike me blind in one eye.”
It made me chuckle, not because I thought it was funny. It’s not. Not one iota. It made me chuckle (maybe I ought to say “shake my head and roll my eyes”) because way too often it is true. Life gets all twisted and warped when we are ruled by jealousy. And have you ever noticed that we sometimes get our undies in a bunch over the stupidest things? Someone does something we think we should get credit for. Someone does something we think we can do better. Someone does something that we just KNOW we should have gotten the credit for! Someone advances faster than we do and we feel this boiling inside us.
JEALOUSY KEEPS US FROM THINKING STRAIGHT.
JEALOUSY KEEPS US FROM ACTING STRAIGHT.
JEALOUSY KEEPS US FROM ENJOYING THE VICTORIES OF OTHERS.
JEALOUSY KEEPS US FROM AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER.
I can say without a doubt, without any hesitation, that pastors are not immune to this ugliness. My life was consumed “hiddenly” by jealousy. Contentment didn’t come easily to me. But eventually I realized life is far too short to ruin it by jealousy.
Am I totally free? That is a Catch-22! If I say “yes” then I open myself up for an onslaught from the enemy. If I say “no” then I admit my weaknesses. Reckon I will have to say “no.” I have learned to be more content, but occasionally there is that twinge that hits.
How about you? Do you struggle much with jealousy? How are you handling it? Is it
ruling ruining your life?
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