Jealousy is gross. To be jealous of others- to want what they have- is wrong. There is nothing flattering about jealousy, and can lead to disastrous consequences. However, it's a fact of life in this sinful world we live in. What do you do with it? Many people have found peace and happiness in the things they have been given and what they have in their lives; others go through life always wanting more, always looking at others things and wanting it for themselves. In essence, comparing themselves to the "Jones.'" What do you do when you find yourself jealous of someone? Of possessions they have or a life they lead that is not your own? How do you handle it?
The best option, of course, is to view your life and be thankful for what you do have. Recently, I have been faced with a situation where I am jealous of others: the direction of their life, how comfortable they appear in their world and how everything just seems to 'fall into place' for them.
While on the million-mile drive across the country with Jesse and his parents, the mother-in-law and I got to talking about this topic. She shared how throughout her marriage, she always felt other people had "more," specifically in the financial aspect. However, she was also able to view her life and see what SHE had that others didn't. This brought me hope, knowing I wasn't the only one who struggled with such feelings and emotions.
Even if you look at the life of someone else and want something they have..what do you have that they don't?