- My brother has amazing green eyes.
- My friend Leah can grow her hair way longer than I ever could.
- My friend Miranda is thinner than I’ll ever be.
- Clarence has more charisma than me.
- Most of my friends are mothers, and I’m not… yet.
The list could go on. And I’m just being honest with you when I say that all of these things have crossed my mind at some point in time. Things like this used to make me feel bad about myself but guess, what? I finally learned to stop comparing myself to others and I pray that you all learn to do the same if you haven’t already. How I did this was learning to be grateful for all that I have. I started a gratitude journal because this helped me get everything out, no matter how small it seemed.
The definition of envy is a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. The definition of gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. As I started to journal about all of the things and people I was grateful for I stopped looking to the right and left and started to look at God and my own life. It was a really interesting shift because the more I became grateful the more I had to be grateful for. It was like I learned to appreciate God’s kindness towards me and He started blessing me more and more.
Do you struggle with envy? Have you kept a gratitude journal? It will help set you free from this ugly little monster.