Being jealous of someone else–we’ve all been there. I know I have; many times in the past. When I was in Kindergarten, I was jealous of some other kid’s lunch box. In 3rd grade, I was jealous when a girl I liked ended up liking another boy instead. At the beginning of college, I was jealous of some other guys in my dorm because they had their own car already and I didn’t. When I graduated college, I was jealous of some other graduates because they were sliding into ministry jobs right away after they graduated. And that’s just to name a few!
However, it’s really not worth it. Why? Because God created someone else to be doing something different than you any way. If God created you for exactly what He wants you to do, then why bother envying what they’re doing for God? As a matter of fact, when I let go of getting jealous of what others were doing in ministry was when God started opening the doors for me.
Besides, if you are wanting to do something for God, then just go do it! He’s allowing us 24 hours in a day, 7 days in the week for a reason. It’s time to start asking yourself: “What am I doing with the time he has given me?” We all need to work, take care of our kids, and fix our meals. I get it. But what are we doing in the “in between” times? Are we just binge watching television shows? Are we wasting our time on Snapchat, browsing Facebook and social media, and simply following up on pop culture, yet wondering to ourselves why we’re not doing anything or getting anywhere? If so, then it’s time to take a reality check and start changing some habits.
I can say this, because I had to change this up myself. I had to get disciplined. Don’t get me wrong, everyone has their own priorities, and that’s okay. For example, a lot of men in my family love to go hunting and spend ample amounts of time in tree stands waiting for deer. While I respect this, and do love guns, I don’t enjoy hunting. For me, I’d rather read a book and take notes on it. While everyone has their own priorities and hobbies (which is great), we need to start taking a look at the “filler” activities that we tend to settle for and start taking a cold, hard look at what we can do instead.
My wake-up call took place a few years ago. I’m 31 year old now. When I was 26, I looked in the mirror and said, “Wow, I’m 26, and if I live to be 80 years old, that means my life is 33% over. What am I doing for the Lord and His kingdom?” This convicted me. Proverbs 27:1 (NIV) says, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” James 4:13-14 says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
This is precisely why we should get the ball rolling with our calling, our life, and start living our destiny now! This is why I can say that right now, right at this very second, right now on this day and everyday, I am living out my dream and my calling. As you step into God’s plan for your life, there is no room for jealousy!
Stop being jealous of others. If you’re in ministry, there is no need to be jealous of what someone else is doing in ministry. Besides, the more time you spend being jealous of someone else is actually time wasted from doing something for God yourself! When we think of it that way, we realize that we are letting someone else life rent-free in our heads, and we cannot afford to do that.
Pursue God, and in doing so, let jealousy slide away, as God has specifically called you to do an assignment that no one else is called to! Be encouraged and blessed by this word!