Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare. (Heb. 4:13)

I sometimes struggle with jealousy, and when I do, it stops me in my tracks. My heart is so messy when I’m in the midst of those jealous thoughts. For instance, I look at women who are skinnier than me and want their body composition. Or women who live in bigger houses than mine. Or moms who appear to have the perfect kids (all according to Instagram, that is). Some women appear to have it all and have it all together. Their lives look perfect on the outside.

The truth is, I know better. We all do our best to portray the best images of ourselves. No one’s life is perfect. And yet as women we can compare ourselves to others and let jealousy take up residence in hearts. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Jealousy brings out the worst version of us all and peace is definitely not present.

When you’re struggling with jealousy, Jesus can give you peace and contentment no matter your dress size, the square footage of your house, or your kids’ behavior. You know the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side”? If your grass is looking a little dead and brown, take a few minutes to water it. You won’t regret it.

Make a list of the things for which you are thankful.

Tricia Rife lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Adam, and son, Andrew. She loves taking regular trips to Walt Disney World.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.