How many times do we look at other's lives and get jealous? I would say most of us, if we were honest would say ALL the time.
First you have the parent who seems to have it all together while I feel like I am struggling to keep my sanity. Am I seeing what is real? Likely not (cause I can hide things too). Is it hurting me? NO. Then leave it alone Jess.
What about the girl who is fit and slim and can eat whatever she wants while not working out at all while I'm trying and can't lose an ounce? Does THIS affect me? ONLY if I let it. Then leave it alone Jess. God made you the way you are and HE will direct your paths.
You see, Jealousy is a bad thing. It can do so much more damage than just about any other emotion in this world. It can tear apart relationships, it can end friendships, it will end marriages. So what am I to do?
I need to remember WHO I serve? I serve a risen Savior and HE is the answer to everything for me. HE is the one who I need to look to and strive to be like. HE is the one who died on the cross for me. HE is the one who directs my path and at the end of the day, wraps his arms around me and keeps me safe while I sleep.
You see, I have a pretty good life. I have a husband who loves me. I have a daughter who is finding her way in this world and making new discoveries on a daily basis. I have a son who is the sweetest thing in the world while at the same time being 150% boy. I even have a dog who would die if I wasn't there (seriously, I think she WOULD die if I left her). I have friends who are amazing. I have a great Mom, a wonderful sister, a brother who makes me giggle and recently got back in touch with my biological half-brother and he wants to have a relationship with me. I have lots of other family members who I adore. I have friends who are more like family and God has SURELY blessed me.
So there is no room for jealousy in my life. It is full of blessings and when you choose to see the blessings and concentrate on them, the things that may normally bother you seem small and insignificant.