An alarm is triggered inside of me when envy creeps.
One of my alarm triggers? When I start to become jealous when other people succeed. Not just others. Friends.
How horrible is that?
As a blanket of snow has covered the ground outside, I am reminded how dark my heart can be sometimes.
“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”
– François de La Rochefoucauld
“To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
– Malachy McCourt
“It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.”
“When I realize that God makes his gifts fit each person, there’s no way I can covet what you got because it just wouldn’t fit me.”
– William P. Smith, Loving Well
“A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.”
– Hannah More
“It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of envy.”
– Helen Keller
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bone.” – Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)
I do not want my bones to rot or to become someone who is slow to applaud. I am thankful for the alarm that is triggered inside of me to recognize when envy creeps.
As soon as that alarm is triggered, I want my first response to be applause for that friend, not envy.