Day 41: The Envy Trap – Day 41 teaches us about the dangers and pitfalls of envy. We may not notice it often, but it’s very easy to become envious of other people, even comparing ourselves to others is a form of envy. By envying others, we question God’s plan for us and takes our focus off of him. The book highlights Four Harmful Effects of Envy:
Envy denies your uniqueness – We are each shaped in a unique and different way. That’s the way God made us, and for any of us to want to be more like someone else is an insult to God.
Envy misuses your time and energy – When you envy someone else, you’re never content with what you have. You’re always concerned about how you can get what they have, and even when you get there, you want more.
Envy divides your attention – When you’re focused on having what someone else has, you don’t have time to focus and dedicate yourself to what God created you to be. If you keep your focus on others, you’ll miss what God is doing for you.
Envy leads you to other sins – Many others sins grow out of envy, it causes you to stray from the path of righteousness. Cain killed his brother Able because he envied him and Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery.
Here are some steps to eradicate envy: Stop comparing yourself to others, there is always going to be someone who is smarter, richer, more talented than you. What we need to realize is that we are incomparable, there’s only one of us, there’s no need to be like anyone else. Celebrate God’s goodness to others, when God does something good in someone else’s life, celebrate with them instead of asking why that didn’t happen for you. Be grateful for who you are and whatever you have – Everything that we have is a gift from God, we are not entitled to anything. By God’s grace we are able to wake up and have the many blessings that we do! Trust God even when life feels unfair – There are times when you see others being blessed and feel like it’s not fair. I’ve been on both sides of this. This is the time to really trust God and know that you are not being left behind, delayed does not mean denied. Trust God and know that everything will work out.
Learning to live in the moment,