The sin that I struggle the most with is Envy. This past week I was struggling more than usual. When I got divorced, I bought this two bedroom townhouse. At the time, it was more than enough space for my daughter, Sydney and me. Now five years later, there are five of us living here. It is pretty tight!
Sydney's father remarried and bought a new home. It is a really large home with about five times the space that we have. My old enemy, envy started to creep in. I started to feel bad that I could not give Sydney her own room and all of the things that her father could. It is so easy to start going down that road.
Sydney set me straight. I asked her if she ever wished that she had a bigger house with us, like the one that she has with her dad. She said, "Mom, the house doesn't matter. I come here to be with my family, not the house."
How is it that a seven year old can see that so clearly but I can't? Why do I struggle with envy? Why is it so hard to be content? I need to remember what Sydney said and be content with what we have, to be happy that our family is here together.
"A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones."- Proverbs 14:30
|Sydney and her sister, Ella|