Am I alone in this? The more I see what other people have the more I want to have. What is worst, the more discontent I feel with the “little” I have.
Why does that happen to me? Let me tell you that as far as possessions are concerned I have everything, and I mean everything I need.
I have two cars
I have a beautiful and awesome wife (I don’t possess her though, believe me!)
Three amazing children (Some times, I try to get rid of them)
Lots of friends ( I love them all)
I live in a very nice house, I don’t own it, for which I’m very grateful sometimes:)
So much clothes that I can go months without laundry
A steady income
Food is never lacking in my house
I live in the best country in the world and, also the county with the best weather!
I go on vacations pretty much every year. Not expensive vacations but great getaways with my family
Should I go on? Are you kidding me, I got everything I need and more!
Why do I envy people then? Let me tell you why. Let me make a list of the things I don’t have:
I don’t have a late model car, see that’s the problem. If I had a late model car then I will not envy people.
A house of my own in the neighborhood of my dreams!
The $25k family vacation.
Should I go on? more clothes, more shoes, more toys, more money…
Having those things or having an expensive vacation is not wrong at all! They are blessings from God. The problem is when I focus on what others have instead of focusing on what I do; instead of being grateful, I become envious!
So folks, sometimes I envy people, not becasue I don’t have enough, its only because I want more.
Jesus said in Mark 7:22 – 23 “…envy… and all evil things come from the whithin”. (This means that the problem is within me)
Then 1 John 2:16 says,
“For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.” (My body, My stuff and My ego)
Here is what Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:6-8, “Now Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with there we shall be content”
Thank you Lord for your word! Thank you Lord for being the awesome shepperd of our lives! you have blessed us beyond our wildest dreams. forgive us for envying how you have blessed others and not being grateful for how you have blessed us!
Colors of the Gospel Training in Los Algodones, Mexico Tomorrow April 6th
Avocado Festival Evangelism Outreach in Fallbrook, CA
Mexicali Mission trips Next weekend April 11-13 (We still need 2 more people)
Evangelist for Los Algodones mission trip on May 2nd – 4th
Financial provision for all FTK mission trips, outreaches and resources