Who doesn’t love that song? Lately I feel like the title speaks a lot to my current situation. To be real, I’ve been feeling a lot of jealousy lately. I’ve been jealous of others who are pregnant, jealous of those who aren’t pregnant, but probably have the ability, jealous of people with more money than me, people with great skin, great fitness, great travel…the list goes on!
It’s never a coincidence when something in my study of Jesus hits right where it needs to when it needs to. I have been using a new testament devotional Time With God for a few years now. You read an excerpt of the New Testament, paired with an excerpt from the Old Testament and then some kind of poem, message or story written by someone. You then make your way through the New Testament. Right now I am making my way second time ’round in the book of Acts, which I really have really been enjoying because gets me motivated to evangelize more and also puts my heart in check.
Today’s passage was spot on:
Delight yourself in the spiritual victories of others:
Delight in all triumphs in Christ Jesus.
Rejoice when another’s success is greater than yours: Be glad when another receives what you need.
Remain at peace when another receives the attention you think you deserve.
You must not strive: You must war against all jealousy and contention.
Say today: I will not be jealous. I will not contend. I will not strive. I will rejoice at another’s victories. I will delight in the success of others. I will not think others less worthy or less important than I. I will not see my work as more important than someone else’s. I will pray for those who are my competitors. I will rejoice in my relationship with the Lord.
And so it will be.
After this reading I sat on my couch and repeated this prayer several times. I then went through an made some specific prayers about specific people/situations in my life who I am jealous of right now. Isn’t that such a powerful passage? How often can you say you’ve prayed for your competitors or been happy when someone else gets what you ache for? I certainly could count those moments on one hand (or less).
I encourage you to take a moment right now an investigate your heart. Are you coveting something someone else has or does? Make a conscious effort to pray for someone you were previously jealous of. Pray that they get even more of what you want. Hasn’t God spun a beautiful story specific to each of us? He won’t forget you in that story, it just may not work out how you planned. I need to be reminded of this daily because I think that my story needs to be what I imagined, not what God has laid out for me.
For me, that is some serious food for thought!