My friend, may I ask you a question? When we're jealous is it like going down a one-way street with no turn-around in sight? Is it like knowing that you are going the wrong way but just can't seem to get turned around?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

A number of years ago my youngest brother celebrated a birthday. He had spent the better part of the past three decades in the navy, where, achieving high rank and distinction, he had achieved a place of honor in our family. He was turning fifty and one of my sisters decided to throw a party for him. As it was a family gathering, everyone within driving distance was invited. Upon first hearing of it I thought that it would be a great idea. Then an ugly thought struck me. "Hey! I was fifty once and nobody threw me a party! What about me–am I chopped liver?" At first it was just a humorous thought. But, after time it began to prey on my heart. "Has my younger brother eclipsed me?" Over time what had been merely a passing thought had become a study in comparisons. Believe me, it is a road no one should go down.

When we're jealous it's like going down a one-way street with no turn-around in sight. You know you are going the wrong way but just can't seem to get turned around.

Here's a story: "For many years Sir Walter Scott was the leading literary figure in the British Empire. No one could write as well as he. Then the works of Lord Byron began to appear, and their greatness was immediately evident. Soon an anonymous critic praised his poems in a London Paper. He declared that in the presence of these brilliant works of poetic genius, Scott could no longer be considered the leading poet of England. It was later discovered that the unnamed reviewer had been none other than Sir Walter Scott himself!" (Dr. Gary Collins in Homemade, July 1985)

There is a distinction between jealousy and envy. To envy is to want something that belongs to another person. Jealousy is the fear that something we possess will be taken away by another person. Jealousy is an anxiety that comes when we are afraid that the affections of a loved one might be lost to a rival. Comparisons are never a good idea when the exercise is focused on self-advancement. Scott realized that his best offense was a good defense in that regard. Putting himself in a position of humility, he opened his heart and his life to receiving the honors that always come to those who prefer being last in line. Scott recognized that just being a poet was important. The honor was in the being not the achieving. And my brother; I have a picture of my father on my office wall. As I looked up to him and he down upon me a sudden sense of fulfillment rushed through me. My brothers' successes are my successes as well because we are all cut from the same stock. I'm honored in their lives because their work is a reflection of my father of whom I am a son. Looking at it that way gives me room to turn around, even on that one way street called jealousy.

We pray. Thank You Lord that You are jealous in Your love for us – Lead us to desire to be as holy as You are. Set us free of the thoughts that consume our minds which cause jealousy to arise. Substitute the negativity and cruelty within our hearts with Your peace and love, and gentle kindness. Help us more and more to develop a godly passion – a godly jealousy over the things of God. We pray we will be more and more like YOU, and walk and talk like You. Conform our minds and thoughts to Your thoughts Lord. Take complete control of us Holy Spirit that we will not do our own will, but only Yours! Forgive us when we fall into jealousy. Show us Jesus, only Jesus, and love will always replace jealousy in our lives. In Jesus Name! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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