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The Destructive Power of Envy


On this Monday of the Second Week of Lent, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.

Some people always seem to have it good.

You might know these people.  Some are called “Golden Boys”—they can do no wrong and always are in favor and highly esteemed by the powers-that-be.  Some have the Midas Touch—everything they do succeeds and turns to gold.  Others wear Teflon and nothing bad sticks to them.

It’s easy for me to get caught up in the fortunes of others, to focus on all their blessings.  The problem is that it distracts me from all my blessings.  This is particularly damaging when my focus takes the form of envy.

“Why is he so lucky?”

“Man!  He has it made!”

Instead of recognizing that I, too, am blessed, at times I perceive a Blessing Disparity—the false perception that somebody else is God’s favorite and is getting all the blessings.  This Blessing Disparity often leads to envy, the tendency to tear another down in my thoughts.  By focusing enviously on the blessings poured onto another of God’s children, I lose sight of the bounty that God has provided me.  This invites sin into my heart.

Day 13-1

The solution to a Blessing Disparity is to refocus myself on my blessings and recognize all the good that God has provided to me and continues to provide to me.  Make a list of my blessings.  Develop an attitude of gratitude.  Thank you, Lord!Day 13-2a

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