“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends.” Job 42.10
Have you ever found yourself feeling jealous of a friend’s possessions or talents? I have – actually more often than I care to admit.
The first time I realized I was being envious of a sister I spent several days agonizing over what I saw as her greater giftedness. She seemed to be so much more talented than I was and I finally had to admit I was just plain jealous. When I finally took my sinful self to the Lord, His answer, as usual, was simple – pray for her. Thank Him for the blessings, gifts, and talents He has given her.
Over the years the Lord has worked it into my heart to quickly respond to each twinge of jealously by thanking Him for what He has given others.
Recently I became part of a very talented group of people. My feelings of envy seemed to be raised to a new level. This time I not only envied them, but I felt worthless as I compared what I considered my paltry gifts to theirs. Being grateful for their gifts helped but somehow it wasn’t enough.
One morning during my quiet time I felt the Lord reminding me that in comparing myself to them I either had to elevate myself so I looked better then them or put them down so they didn’t look so good. This is a topic I’ve taught my children many times and now it was coming back to haunt me. What was the solution? This time I felt the Lord telling me to do all I could to help the others succeed.
I simply had to get my eyes off myself and onto others. As I set about doing what I could to encourage and promote others in the group an amazing thing happened – they became my friends instead of my competitors.
Thank you, Lord, for revealing my selfishness to me and turning my gaze first upon you, and then upon others.
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