Thanksgiving Yes . . . Envy No!
Stop your anger! Turn from your rage!
Do not envy others—it only leads to harm.
Psalm 37:8 NLT
As the recipient of God’s grace, you have every reason to celebrate life. After all, God has promised you the opportunity to receive His abundance and His joy—in fact, you have the opportunity to receive those gifts right now. But if you allow envy to gnaw away at the fabric of your soul, you’ll find that joy remains elusive. So do yourself an enormous favor: Rather than succumbing to the sin of envy, focus on the marvelous things that God has done for you—starting with Christ’s sacrifice. Thank the Giver of all good gifts, and keep thanking Him for the wonders of His love and the miracles of His creation. Count your own blessings and let your neighbors count theirs. It’s the godly way to live.
As a moth gnaws a garment, so does envy consume a man. - St. John Chrysostom, 100 Days of Prayer
How can you possess the miseries of envy when you possess in Christ the best of all portions? - C. H. Spurgeon
When you worry about what you don’t have, you won’t be able to enjoy what you do have. - Charles Swindoll
Too many Christians envy the sinners their pleasure and the saints their joy because they don’t have either one. - Martin Luther
Dear Lord, deliver me from the needless pain of envy. You have given me countless blessings. Let me be thankful for the gifts I have received, and let me never be resentful of the gifts You have given others. Amen