Thursday, 1 October 2020

Jealousy motivates

Jealousy is something that impacts all of us at some point or another. We can either own up to that feeling of jealousy and deal with it, or we can let the 'green-eyed monster' eat us from within. Solomon suggests that all of our striving originates from jealousy or perhaps envy of others. We look at their lives and imagine that they are living the dream - this acts as a motivator for us to try and better their lives.

"Then I realized that we work and do wonderful things just because we are jealous of others. This makes no more sense than chasing the wind. 

Fools will fold their hands and starve to death.

Yet a very little food eaten in peace is better than twice as much
earned from overwork and chasing the wind."
- Ecclesiastes 4: 4-6

Solomon's second train of thought centers around being willing to work - and posing the question: "how much work is sufficient?"

The lazy fool refuses to work, while the workaholic (also a fool) never stops to enjoy the fruits of his labour. Both extremes are like chasing the wind - pointless and miss the point of life.

What do you take away from today's scriptures?

"The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work." - Thomas Edison

Living in Grace

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