Hello all! I hope that your week has been delightful. This week is my first week back from Spring break and I am super excited to get back on the “school grind.” EXCITING NEWS!!! I have joined the blogger team with Thomas Nelson and will be receiving Christian books to review on my blog! This is a dream come true (I want to be a publisher and an author as an adult) and truly, a gift from God!
I am super excited for this post and I hope you all enjoy it!
“We’re blasted by anger and swamped by rage, but who can survive jealousy?” -Proverbs 27:4
Jealousy is one of the most hurtful and blinding acts that is so present in our world. We can’t walk out of our house without being jealous of someone, it’s crazy! I hate to say it but, I have such a “jealous mind” and I really need to work on it.
In Proverbs 27, I love how it adds emphasis on how jealousy divides the Christian body.
“When Rachel realized that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She told Jacob, “Give me sons or I’ll die!””-Genesis 30:1
Jealousy made Rachel go to the extreme and, just like the rest of us, we tend to over-exaggerate and say crazy things that can hurt the ones we love. When we get jealous we begin to take off the filters and say or do anything that could potentially make us feel better and make the other person feel bad. Is that what we are called to do? Be in constant “jealous mind” and destroy anything in our way? No way! We are called to be the light (Matthew 5:14) and to encourage, not to be jealous.
//Signs of a “jealous mind”//
– Seeing others succeed when you fail makes your stomach hurt.
– Constantly playing the “comparison game”.
– Instead of trying your best, you try to beat others.
– Gaining self-confidence from other people’s flaws.
//Signs of a “healthy mind”//
– Seeing others succeed makes you happy for them even if you fail.
– Trying your best instead of competing
– Gaining self-confidence from Christ.
That being said, you will fall short, we all will! We need to set the “healthy mind” goals and strive to reach them! We also need to hold ourselves to a standard of grace and not perfection!
I challenge you all, from this Wednesday to next Wednesday, to focus in on your “jealous mind” and destroy it! I can’t wait to see what comes out of this!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster