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Jealousy: Counting the Blessings of Others

Why is it easier for us to cry with those who are crying than it is for us to rejoice with those who are rejoicing? The short answer is: Jealousy. Because of jealousy, rather than being happy at another’s success, we become miserable at our own lack thereof. Instead of being encouraged that “if he can do it, so can I…I just need to work harder,” we being grumble, “what does he have that I don’t have? he doesn’t deserve it…I do.”

But, jealousy never got anyone anything. In fact, jealousy only hurts the one who is jealous. Often the person we are jealous of doesn’t even know. Yet, our own jealous makes us miserable.

It reminds me of a story I read recently about two eagles. There was one eagle which could out fly another, and the other didn’t like it. The latter saw a sportsman one day, and said to him, “I wish you would bring down that eagle.”

The sportsman replied that he would if he only had some feathers to put into the arrow. So the eagle pulled one out of his wing. The arrow was shot, but didn’t quite reach the rival eagle; it was flying too high. The envious eagle pulled out more feathers, and kept pulling them out until he lost so many that he couldn’t fly, and then the sportsman turned around and killed him.

If you are jealous, the only one you can hurt is yourself.

And, remember the story in Matthew 20:

For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’

So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’

Rather than concentrating on other people’s blessings and being miserable, lets resolve to concentrate on our own blessings and rejoice.

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