I know we know people on social media have to go to work at some point. What I mean is not everyone but me who can be on endless vacation. Does that make sense? When I get to my social media accounts, it looks like all my “friends” are out on a cruise, sunbathing, eating Mexican food, or shopping at Nordstrom. That may not be true, but it seems like everyone I know is buying a new Chevy Trail Boss pickup truck. At a minimum, they are celebrating a new little baby. Come on man, I haven’t had a new little baby in at least 12 years. What’s up with that!?
What I mean is that it’s easy to be envious if we’re not careful. Envy is that feeling of discontent we feel when we see or hear about the prosperity of others. We see what other people have and we desire those things, we covet those things and sometimes resentment becomes the by-product of envy.
The only good thing about this envy is that it can turn into pride, because I’m about to leave for my annual fishing trip in East Texas in my brand new kayak in the larger Jeep Gladiator red of the world while wearing my favorite white pearl snap fishing shirt. (shout out to Poncho). I hook up with my favorite barista, and we have a Yeti cooler with a slick horn kit (Google it), so when we’re not fishing and eating a Chick-O-Stick and washing it down with Hint water, we We’re going to hone our team stringing skills.
In a way, this is all so wrong, but I think you get the point. And when pride is better than envy, I think it’s time to go see a priest or at least have an evangelical pray for you. Here is the truth. Love is the answer. Love is not envious (1 Corinthians 13:4). What I’m saying is that we overcome envy by loving (loving God and loving others).
The 23-year-old graduate student who lived with us and is about to be a school teacher is dating a tall young man named Gustavo. Gustavo is from Brazil, is in graduate school, speaks three languages, has played Division 1 football, and treats Klaire like she’s his most prized possession, so it’s hard not to love Gustavo. He’s been around a long time, and he’s often been invited (more like family) to our house and the Blonde will sometimes offer Gustavo a second round of groceries while he’s at the table and he has that way of touching belly and say, “No thanks (in his big Brazilian accent) I’m satisfied.” We must love because love defeats envy, but we must crown love with satisfaction. God calls it being satisfied, and the apostle Paul put it this way in Philippians 4:13: “I have learned to be satisfied, no matter what situation I find myself in.
Here is another truth. When we feel envious, something is wrong in our heart, and it indicates that we don’t agree with what God is doing in our lives. King David said it this way in Psalm 23:1: “The Lord is my shepherd; I do not want. If we “will,” perhaps we are not letting the Lord lead. Be happy for people shopping, cruising or eating Mexican food – celebrate what they do. If you need a new Trail Boss pickup truck, God will provide it, don’t worry, don’t be envious – be satisfied. He told me to tell you.