Anger is cruel and wrath is like a flood but jealousy is even more dangerous. ~Proverbs 27:4 (NLT)
Anger, wrath, and jealousy – when you consider the three, jealousy might not seem the most dangerous. After all, I’d prefer someone to be jealous than punch me in the face, wouldn’t you?
But let’s think about this. Anger and wrath are actually very similar. Wrath is simply an extreme form of anger. We all know that being on the receiving end of someone’s anger is not a fun place to be. Whether it’s a verbal lashing, a physical beating, or destruction of property, having someone take their anger out on us can be painful.
The thing about jealousy is, unless a person acts out against you, you may never know they’re jealous. Jealousy, like pride, is something that sinks down into your soul and festers.
Jealous messes with our heads and hearts. We might be able to admit to others when we’re angry (probably can’t help it), but people don’t like to ‘fess up to being jealous. It’s unbecoming.
As an author, it can be difficult to see your friends getting what you’ve been working for: that agent, that publishing contract, that award, those reviews. You want to be happy for your friend, but you can taste the jealousy as it claws its way up your throat and tries to escape your lips.
Jealousy steals joy.
Jealous hurts friendships.
Jealousy is the opposite of what we should be: thankful and content.
If you’re harboring jealousy today, take that evil beast and turn it on its head. Look for things that you can be happy about. Count your blessings. Thank God for all that you have and rejoice in the accomplishments of those around you.
Lisa Godfrees, co-author of the newly published sci-fi adventure Mind Writer, is on the hunt for the ever elusive-jackalope. She probably would have found one by now if she ever got up from her desk and ventured outside. When she’s not reading, writing, or mommying, she amuses herself by learning to draw. She’d be tickled turquoise if you’d connect with her on #Twitter or Facebook.