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Jealousy

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I’ve been struggling with a lot of jealousy lately. Or it has been a bit of jealously being struggled with a lot. Either way, it sucks y’all. "Jealousy is simply & clearly the fear that you do not have value." ~Jennifer James*

It sucks because it robs me of the ability to fully share in the successes, hopes, plans, and dreams of others. I’m not happy for the progress they’re making. I’m too bitter about how I’m not moving forward. I’m so busy navel-gazing I’m missing out on a whole lot of good things around me. Such as the progress I’m making. (Just because it can’t be seen with the naked eye from the International Space Station (because too often I think it needs to be that big) doesn’t mean it doesn’t count, right?)

That’s why I’m so thankful to have heard this portion of Scripture read last night at my church’s weekly prayer meeting:

The LORD has been mindful of us . . . He will bless those who fear the LORD, Both small and great. ~Psalm 115:12a, 13 (NKJV) (emphasis mine)

Small or great, God can use and bless us all. This is illustrated wonderfully in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:12-28). Three servants were entrusted with different amounts of talents (money) to do business with while their master was away. And the two who increased what was given them in their master's absence both saw their talents doubled upon his return. They received the same rewards (a doubling of their portion and a blessing) because they used what was given to them. The one with less didn’t envy the one with more – they were faithful with what had been entrusted to them. Unlike the third servant who buried what had been given to him. (Too often I’m that servant.)

So it really doesn’t matter if I’m small or great. What matters is that I use what I’ve been given. That I rejoice with and encourage others to use what they’ve been given. And that we all fear – have a holy and healthy respect and awe of – the Lord because He is mindful of each one of us. He will bless us all.

That doesn’t leave much room for jealousy to work now, does it?

*Photo Credit: Ktoine ©2012 (Flickr via Creative Commons)

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