Devotional · Joy

What Steals Our Happiness?

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

Admit it. You’ve been there. I know I have. Being a completely normal human being, it’s an emotion we have all felt at one point in our lives. However, it’s what you do with this emotion that makes a different in the world.

Jealousy.

Ugh, it can get very ugly.

We see someone do something better than us. Buy something more expensive than us. Look skinnier, prettier, more fabulous than us.

However, underneath all the fabulousness, we have no clue what hardships they are going through. Each and every one of us has something we have to deal with. No exceptions. No one’s life is perfect. God gives us hardships in our lives to test us. To make us stronger. To bring us closer to Him. In hardships, we seek Him. Even though in happy times, we should also seek Him and praise the Lord.

With all that said, that amazing and perfect perfect person you’re so jealous of has some other hardship to deal with, that you might not have to!

Jealous of the rich guy? He might have a health issue, but God gives you perfect health. Jealous of that girl’s flawless beauty. You probably have no idea about the mean coworkers. Jealous of that beautiful singing voice? God gave you a talent He wants you to use for Him!

These examples are ones I simply made up, but I’m sure they happen all over the world. The list of causes to be jealous is impossible to count.

Cain was jealous of Abel. In conclusion, killed his brother.

Leah was jealous of Rachel’s love from her husband, and Rachel was jealous of Leah’s ability to have many babies. Neither of them were happy with what they had. In conclusion, both lived unhappily.

King Saul was jealous of David’s bravery and popularity. In conclusion, Saul wasted his life trying to kill David. Failing miserably, committed suicide.

Notice a pattern? People are always looking on the other side of the fence, thinking someone else has it better than them. Instead of counting their own blessings, they count someone else’s. What’s the point?

In conclusion, be thankful for what God gave YOU, not someone else.

What steals our happiness

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