Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 23:17
When we focus on what others have instead of being thankful for what God has given us, we become consumed with envy. And what we envy can tell us a lot about who we are. It reveals our deepest desires – the desires that mold our thoughts, direct our actions, and play out in our daily lives.
But if your deepest desire is for anything other than God, then something is wrong. And it’s time to take a serious look at the envy factor.
If you find yourself consumed with envious thoughts, don’t simply tell yourself that you won’t think that way anymore. Don’t just ignore something that powerful. The answer is to replace those desires, to transform them into something positive and beneficial rather than something that is destructive.
When you feel the pull of the envy factor, shift your focus to pursuing God instead. Because with God’s help, you will soon find your envy transformed into contentment.
Dear God, Thank you for everything you have blessed me with. Please forgive me for being discontent with the things you have provided. Help me to pursue your passions and not the desires of this world. In your son Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.