Friday, January 25, 2013

How Envy Works

“Envy begins by asking plausibly: Why should I not enjoy what others enjoy? And it ends by demanding: “Why should others enjoy what I may not?” –Dorothy Sayers

Have you ever wanted to be someone else?  Or maybe you only wanted what they had.  There will always be someone who you think is better looking than you, has more money, and receives greater public recognition.  As Thomas Aquinas famously defined, envy is “sorrow at another’s good.”  In other words, you refuse to be happy by someone else’s success, and worse, maybe even someone close to you.  If this applies to you, I’m going to declare something over you: This absolutely is not God’s will; He is calling you to so much more.  Today ask God to help you center your life on His will so that you find contentment with what thereafter ensues.  When you hitch your life to God’s greater plan, then He also provides you the necessary peace. 

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart (Psalm 37:4, AMP). 

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