Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I'm Quitting...are you?

I talk to important people on the phone.  It's just my day job. 

Although I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur, I've discovered that I like talking about business, more than owning my own. 
 I interview CEO's for a living.

They just seem so...
Saavy.
Confident.
Fearless.
Smart.

 Sometimes I am enamored with their brilliance.  Other times, I am so glad I don't have the load they do.  
Yet, no matter how hard I try, I find myself comparing my life to theirs.  
I say every day "Today, I'm quitting the comparisons."  
But, before I know it my inner-dialogue is going haywire with negative me statements. 
"Why couldn't I have thought of that?"
"How in the world are they that smart?"
"I might as well go eat more cookies..."

Envy is dangerous ground.  
It makes us discontent with who God made us, jealous of the gifts of others, and it steals our joy.  
Envy gives us tunnel vision.
We become "me-centered" instead of "God-centered." 
 Check out what James 3:16 says about envy:
"For where envy and self-seeking exist; confusion and every evil thing are there." 
That's a pretty strong statement.  Think about it: when we invite envy into our lives, every evil thing is there. 
Envy is not to be taken lightly.  
  So, what about you?  Are you struggling with envy today?   
Let's recognize it and pray about defeating it together.
I'm quitting...are you?

4 comments:

lastingtransitions said...

Sitting and conjuring envy is obviously not correct, but taken lightly, a little envy can be used as a motivator to propel us into action for something, that God willing, will be granted to us through prayer, faith, hardwork, dedication, and discipline.

Jessica Kirkland said...

Yes, you are correct. Envy has both derailed and motivated me at times. I think the key is to be balanced in all that we do. In the case of my post tonight, definitely some derailing moments. haha. But, I'm quitting...thanks for reading Paul!

Esther said...

OK, I'll quit too!
Envy drains me and makes me mean and self centered...no thank you!

Jessica Kirkland said...

I'll pray for you Esther. You pray for me! It's funny because I don't feel like an envious person necessarily...until I started this new job. Then I realized that all day long I was criticizing myself and comparing myself to the "important" people. Important is relative I suppose. Sometimes I just need to re-order my thinking. Put God first and not let Earthly standards of importance govern my emotions.