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Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭1, 4‬ NLT)

In a joint study between the Universities of Florida and Virginia, researchers got couples to perform a series of five tasks focusing on social or intellectual achievements. They found that while successful results for the male partner made both participants feel happy, successful results for the female partner transformed her boyfriend into a seething bundle of hate. In the afterglow of their partners’ success, most men saw their self-esteem plummet, even if the two had not been in direct competition during the task. The outcome: Envy makes for lousy relationships!

It’s hard not to envy others that seem to have it all. As Christians, we can easily develop a “victim mentality”, that it’s God’s fault for not blessing our faithfulness the way Satan is blessing those blasphemous pagans, or some such silliness as that. We regret our sacrifice and commitment because we want “stuff”, forgetting in our state of misplaced melancholy that the only reward those without God get IS in this life, with a horrible pricetag to pay later.

Avoid the trap of envy, even of the lives of other believers. God gives you what He knows you can safely manage! Be faithful with what you have and more will be provided when God knows He can trust you! Faithfulness always leads to blessings! You are loved today! Behave!

And always be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15 NLT)

In April 1979, firefighters Larry Brewer, 28, and Dirk Sutterfield, 23, responded to a major fire at the Sun Oil Co. In the process, both were horribly burned but survived. Now, over 30 years later, both are grateful for the lives they’ve continued to live. “We’ve both been blessed to have lived a lot of life since then. We got to see our kids grow up, and now we get to see our grandkids grow up. I really think the accident made me learn to stop and smell the roses and for a young man, that was a great lesson,” said Sutterfield.

As Paul begins to wrap up his teaching to the Church about how to live holy and pleasing to God, he adds in at the last minute, “Oh, and by the way, try to live thankful.” Although the last of his character teaching, it is one of the most important he could’ve listed! To be thankful is to be looking at God more than at yourself, which is as it should be.

What are things you are thankful for? What bad things in your life turned out to be wonderful? Remember those as you live! Life is sweeter for the memories that make us smile, even if to just be glad that it’s behind you! You are loved today!

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