Gore Vidal once said, “Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.” The Bible talks about mourning with those who mourn and rejoicing with those who rejoice. What I think is surprising is that if we’re honest it’s sometimes easier to mourn with people than rejoice with people. Stop and think about it. Imagine you’re an infertile woman desperately wanting a child and your best friend tells you she’s pregnant–ouch. Or maybe you’re struggling financially and your coworker gets a huge promotion. Admit it, there can be a little bit of jealousy sometimes? I have to admit it does grate when I read that when Rob Bell launched a church from scratch and was preaching each week through LEVITICUS it grew wildly. Besides the fact that I think he’s got a heretical streak it annoys me he never once lugged in equipment into a rented location in –50 degrees! Jealousy is an ugly sin, one that many never admit. Yet it boils down to a trust issue. God is the potter and I am the clay. He can make me and use me as He sees fit. It’s all about His glory not mine. You know, I’m starting to feel better about this whole jealousy issue and you would too if you weren’t so busy reading some Max Lucado book right now!
Under His Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister
(Gore Vidal Quote from Jealousy , R. T. Kendall, 1)