It had been a day of owning blue ones while wanting red ones.

But in the quiet of the night I got up and looked in on our three sleeping kids, and I was overwhelmed with a deep sense of gratitude.  I love my family and the work I get to do.  And yes, I even appreciate our van. It’s amazingly reliable, hasn’t needed any major repairs, and it’s big enough for our family of five – attributes that work really well for this stage of life.

As I took inventory of the many things I’m grateful for, the irritations of the day started to fade away.  Without even thinking about it, I found myself saying a silent prayer and meaning every word: Dear God, thank you for today.  Every day is a gift. 

How do you deal with envy? 

Matt Bell is the author of three personal finance books published by NavPress, including the brand new "Money & Marriage: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples."  He teaches a wide variety of workshops, including MoneySmart Marriage, at churches, conferences, universities, and other venues throughout the country.  To learn more about his work and subscribe to his blog, go to: