There was a time I could not bring myself to see other’s strengths.
Forget rejoicing their accomplishments.
Echoing the emptiness in my soul, my mouth frothed with jealousy.
How can she do that?
Why can’t I?
She makes it look easy.
Why do I fail all the time?
I want to be like her.
I am not enough.
The enemy fills our scarcity with lies and deceit.
How dare Satan EVER insinuate we are not enough!
How dare he draw our focus off Jesus and onto ourselves.
That’s what jealousy is … an inability to think of anyone else but your own shortcomings. A blinding to our place in this world as one of many.
Jealousy is an insecurity jail whereby the only way to get out is to look beyond yourself.
Breaking free is scoffing at the enemy.
Leaving him in the dust while we stand firm and seek Our Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Beyond the clouds, beyond ourselves.
Seeking Jesus is comfort to our bleeding hearts.
He will cut the roots of lies telling us we are not enough, if we receive Him and His gentle teaching.
Once affirmed in our own skin … once we acknowledge and thank God for giving us this very specific life …
Freedom soars like a soul on a hang-glider (never done this, but I think I want to).
Freedom is sweet like juicy watermelon on a three-digit hot diggety dog day.
Freedom expands our hearts fifty times fifty times.
Because He has filled us with such good and perfect grace, our cups are overflowing.
From a place of worship, we offer …
I want to hug you. I am so happy for you.
I appreciate your leadership. Thank you for this post.
Your words blessed me.
Your relationship with your children is inspiring.
Would you join me on a project? I could use your help.
Do you need prayer? I see that you are struggling, and I care about you.
When jealousy operates, it causes us to retract, hide, backstep.
When Jesus operates, we move toward each other with a genuine spirit grounded in His confidence.
We were made for connection to bring God more than His due glory.
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving great honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it (1 Corinthians 12:22-26).
Thank you for diving deep with me today. All photos are from Pixabay in this post. I know the roots of jealousy and insecurity run deep. One blogpost or one prayer may not free you. For me, it took discipline of prayer, attending professional counseling, accepting my need for an antidepressant, and breathing in His Scriptures telling me who I am to Him.
It wasn’t quick, but it was more than worth it.
Because I am human, I still can find myself in a needy place. The difference is I can recognize it quicker, and I have more wisdom now than I did before to deal.
What step can you take today toward Jesus and away from jealousy? Feel free to comment here.
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