Envy is idiotic

green eye envyEnvy is idiotic.

I loved hearing this in church today.

The wise man gets it. “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” (Proverbs 14:30)

Why? Because it’s not just that we’re not satisfied; we’re not satisfiable. Ever since the beginning our fault-finding streak has been killing us. Even in the best of circumstances, we find a way to listen to the voices that point out, “So you can’t eat from that tree?” Listen to wisdom! Even if you lived in paradise with a perfect body and a perfect partner, eating nothing but organic food, with no injustice, or disease, or pain – you’d still find a way to be unsatisfied.

This is why envy is so idiotic.

You miss what God has done, because you’re so distracted with what he has not done. You miss who God has made you to be, because you’re so distracted with who he made someone else to be. I shared some of this a while back:

If you could ever thank  God made for who he made you to be, you’d want to be you so badly you wouldn’t know what to do.

Chew on that.

Because what if the gifts of God really are stunning?  Including yours.

What if He really doesn’t make mistakes?  Including you.

What if He’s so infinite that every single one of His children is fashioned uniquely significant beyond our capacity to describe?  Regardless of their age. Regardless of their qualifications.

What if He is so potent that His resources never become exhausted, and your potential is more weighty than you’ve realized? Perhaps His economy is not like ours. What if He doesn’t run out of money, or food … or talent?

What if His grace is so amazing that His mercy and kindness are able to swallow up your failures and darkness? What if this tree we call the Cross and this savior we call the Christ really have removed the only thing standing between you and the real you. Between life and real life.

If only you realized who God made you to be. You’d stop this whole envy thing. And you’d step out and be you.

I can’t always make myself stop envying. But I can make myself give thanks. And gratitude is a game-changer.

I dare you to pray this prayer: “I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it well.” (Psalm 139:14)

Happy Thanksgiving.

Categories: Discipleship, Musings

5 Comments »

  1. Thanks Pastor Mike,

    So true……it is really idiotic for we all have to die and leave this earth. We should be grateful for each moment we have here on our earthly pilgrimage. At the end of it all only Jesus matters. God Bless You and yours. Happy Thanksgiving to you also!

  2. We are truely blessed that God has gifted us with sooo many gifted preacher/teachers. Patti and I participated in both Saturday and 9 A.M.. Same theme with different internal messages. And then this awesome blog on top of it. Thanks for equiping the saints.
    with all graditude, Ed&Patti

  3. This was such a great message by Pastor Jason today! I remember growing up, my father always said “never envy someone for what they have, for you never know how they got it.” Hold everything loosely in your hands, and remember that it can be taken away at any moment. It is so true; the very thing that you envy someone for; once you get it, it is never enough, and creates a desire to keep wanting more.

  4. Literally, God just dealt with me on this subject – my house wasn’t good enough, couldn’t be nice enough, but Lord, but Lord, If I only had this faucet fixed, the yard landscaped, the wood flooring, if I had a whiter, straighter teeth, etc., more money….BUT LORD. I was truly happy for my sisters and brothers in Christ who had more but the envy in my heart was making me miserable and it was robbing me of the calling on my life to be HIS Evangelist!!!! GREAT SERMON both from Pastor Ryan on Saturday and Pastor Jason this morning!!!!!! Allowing God to cleanse me of “envy” in my heart……..has liberated me to new levels of a freedom in HIM and being MORE THAN ENOUGH through HIM!!!!!

    Patti Biondi

  5. Mike;
    Great Blog! I’m at a loss to comprehend all of this. Not that I don’t believe it, But what God as provided for s is mind boggling..

    Maranatha

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