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Jam Session: The Burden of Envy

June 26th, 2014

My cup overflows with blessings. Psalm 23: 5b

A co-worker at the rehab gave me a jar of homemade rhubarb preserves a week ago. Few delicacies compare with good rhubarb preserves. Rhubarb treats in general are hard to come by these days. Each spoonful is an experience. The only problem with her gift is that it’s disappearing quickly! I’m sad to report the bottom of the jar is in sight.

To be honest, the fact that it’s almost gone has affected my behavior a little. I’m getting stingy. How would I respond if she asked me to bring in what was left for a potluck? If I were my co-worker, I wouldn’t mind because she has plenty to spare and can make more. But I shouldn’t think of it like that, because it just leads to the briefcase of envy.

I also experienced another example of envy this week. This time someone married, with children expressed they were envious of my freedom to work in various locations around the country. I suggested instead of being envious, see my travel as a blessing to use my situation & gifts to it’s highest potential. We are all given different gifts, special situations to glorify God, and He will bless us in our obedience. The person left their briefcase behind.

If you haven’t seen a briefcase in real life, you’ve seen them in the movies. The assassin carries it up the back steps into a vacant room at the top of the building. When he’s sure no one is looking, he opens it up. The disassembled rifle sits on the cushioned slots. Then he sits back and awaits his victim.

Who’s his victim? Anyone who has more than he has. More children, more horsepower, more office space, more church members. Jealousy sets it’s crosshairs on anyone who has more. I’m not saying you’d actually kill anyone with a rifle, but what about your tongue? Your glare? Gossip?

David wrote the antidote for jealousy when he wrote, “My cup overflows with blessings.” Rather the moan about what you don’t have rejoice in what you do have. According to David, our hearts are not large enough to contain the blessings that God wants to give. The last thing we should worry about is about not having enough. Our cup overflows!

And when the day comes and you are home in our Father’s house, you won’t regret what you didn’t have. You’ll be stunned blessings you were given.

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.