She had it all.
Several years ago, I was in a prayer group with a bunch of moms and there was this one woman who Had. It. All. Cute little figure. Rich husband. Big house. Well behaved kids. She looked great in hats. When she prayed, it was like angels had given her the words. I mean … she was Miss Perfect.
I wish I could say I celebrated God’s goodness to her, but I did not cuz I was too busy wishing I had what she had.
Then one meeting, the tearful leader informed us this woman I thought was perfect had killed herself. On purpose. She’d been her fighting her own personal demons and just could not face one more day so she washed down a fist full of pills with a bottle of liquor to end her misery.
Choose not to compare.
Comparing what I saw of her in public to what I knew about private self had led me to envy a woman who was living in hell on earth. From the outside it looked like she had it all. Inside, she was fighting for her next day of sobriety.
Next time you feel the ugly green monster tempting you to envy someone else’s anything, choose not to compare, judge or envy what you think they have. The trade-off you think you want might be worse that what you have.
What’s your best advice for conquering the green-eyed monster of envy? Leave me a comment below.
Verse of the day: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Prayer: Oh Lord, guard my eyes so I don’t covet what someone else has. Teach me to be satisfied with the blessings you have placed in my life. Teach me to be thankful and trust that you will provide everything I need. In Jesus Name amen.