Tel me if you have ever been in this situation: You are struggling. You are trying to have everything together all the time buy you are always falling short. You look over at your friend (be it online or in real life) and it always seem like they have it together. The best houses, the best clothes, the best behaved children. The more you look at their lives, and other people in your similar situation, you become dissatisfied, and begin wishing to have what they have.
That my dear friends is what envy is about:
Envy: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.
From A Child’s Perspective
I love teaching the Ten Commandments to my children, and while doing so, I also realize that it’s an ongoing process. Even though learning about religion is very important to me, I like to make sure that they understand the commandments in a way that they will understand.
Envy is explained to children as wanting the good things that other people have–like toys or treats or things like that. Of course it’s easy to explain things in a way that a child could get it according to their wants and desires, but it’s easy to over look ourselves when we are reviewing it.
Why We Easily Forget
Sometimes, I think we forget about this commandment, because it’s easier felt. Let’s think about this, whenever we are feeling envious of others around us we begin to feel uneasy. Like we know something is lacking, and we wonder if we are failing. We question ourselves, and our decisions, but worst of all, we grow discontent with the good that we do have.
Unfortunately, we are so feeling so “hurt” at the moment that we fail to really notice how sour our mood is turning. We don’t usually see how we become that unpleasant person that no one wants to hang out with because all we are showing and sharing with the world is our bitterness.
Just the fact that this is part of the Ten Commandments confirms who we usually feel so horrible when comparing our lot with someone else. We shouldn’t! If we keep our eyes open to what our neighbor is doing, then we lose sight of Him. We lose our focus and that is never a good thing.
Lord knows that our attention spans are not that great, which is why everything we want in this life we have to focus on order to get it. What we know is that everyday will be a trial. We will have these feelings and we have to work through them.
Everything that you wish will be done. We love you Lord for you are forgiving, and understanding. We ask that you come into our hearts and keep them pure. We ask that you help us focus on YOU at all times, so that we never loose sight to what is important, and who we should be focused on at all times.