jealousy-david-junodWhen I was little, I was jealous of girls.  When they got Jordache jeans, I wanted Jordache jeans. When they got Cabbage Patch dolls, I wanted a Cabbage Patch doll.  If they had it, I wanted it.  But even if I’d get what they had, things didn’t improve.  I still wasn’t popular and my heart was still jealous.  In our world, I believe there is a jealousy-conspiracy we do not like to admit and its conspirator is an enemy we do not see.  This “enemy” and his conspiracy goes all the way back to humanity’s very first murder between two brothers. Well, as I got older, I got tired of this conspiracy.  I knew God did not destine me for jealousy. It is NOT a trait HE puts in HIS kids. So there had to be a way to fight back…and win. Through my research, I learned that if I am jealous of someone it means I am still trying to control myself. (1 Corinthians 3:3). But who am I to control myself? It’s like a lump of clay asking itself to shape it itself into a vase. Impossible! So I started to do two things every day to give God control: 1) ask God to forgive me for any jealous thoughts and 2) sincerely pray for one I was jealous of. It worked. Eventually, instead of being jealous of what I DIDN’T have, I found my heart wanting to celebrate what others DID have. Jealousy is a serious conspiracy. It has led men to kill their wives. It has led brothers to kill their brothers. It’s not sexy. But if you struggle with it, you don’t have to settle for it. I’m hear to testify.

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