Recently a friend gave me a compliment about my eyes being green and how they matched the shirt I was wearing. The funny thing is, my eyes aren’t always green. My eyes are actually hazel, so they change colors depending on what I’m wearing. If I wear brown my eyes look brown, but if I wear green they look green.
I wish my clothes were the only things that turn my eyes green. Unfortunately, some days my eyes turn green with envy. The other day my friend bought new furniture and suddenly I wanted some too. Then a neighbor got a new SUV. Now my minivan with over 100K miles seems old fashioned, dented and dirty.
There are so many other areas where I struggle with comparison and envy. Wishing I was a better mom, more patient wife, more organized homemaker and better cook. Wishing I had the gifts I admire in others or the ability to handle life the way they do. This list goes on and on…
The Bibles tells me to guard my eyes from turning green with envy and it just so happens that what I’m wearing is actually part of it! God says we are to “clothe ourselves with humility and patience” (Colossians 3:12b).
When I wear humility, I give up my right to get more stuff. Humility helps me recognize God as the gracious provider of all things and enables me to celebrate others’ blessings. When I put on patience, I position my heart to wait on God’s provision without doubting His love for me.
There is so much more I could share about this struggle, but I have a friend who has covered this topic much better than my brain has the capacity to do these days! And I’m not a bit envious. I love her giftedness and insights that challenge and encourage me.
So if you’ve ever struggled with eyes of envy, be sure to read my friend Lysa’s P31 devotion today about how we want what others have. And then read her powerful blog post that really impacted my heart on this envy issue.
Be sure to leave a comment on her blog to qualify for her give-away, and if you have a minute share your thoughts below, I’d love to pray for you!