Liz Benigno

a view from the porch

Wishing for something else

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Steve and I are looking for cars. It's for me and I'm determined to have a third seat because well, I am certain I will be driving around tons of grand-kids (the first isn't even born yet...). So here's how it's going ~ not so well.

I feel heart-achy and sad and irritable about every car we can afford. As soon as I find a car that fits my needs my envious bone rot (Proverbs 14:30) begins to kick in and I just don't like the Affordable Car. The brand name isn't good enough, "sexy enough", "sporty enough", it doesn't have enough bells and whistles and well it just isn't ... I don't know what.

Do you ever do that? Get all excited about the thing you've got going only to shoot it down yourself? Do you ever look around at your perfectly good life and determine that it isn't all that good? As a matter of fact, the more you look around at your (perfectly good) life you see it dull, uninspiring and less than. Why do we do this to ourselves?

Envy really does decay the bones. Envy is ugly and stinky and rot producing. It is actively taking the good gift God wants to give us and shoving it right back in His face saying, "Not good enough". 

The funny thing is I've already written about envy (The Green Eyed Monster August 14) which means I already have it all figured out, right? I wish. And I'd like to think that envy is one of those sins that I don't struggle with all too often. But, the truth is we struggle with it all, at one time or another. 

So once the ugly truth is identified, now what? Lickety-split get before Jesus and say you're sorry. Then, look around your little slice of the world and take stock of what is good. There's lots to see so take your time.

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 14:30

Comparison is the thief of joy.  Teddy Roosevelt

You're always a horse ahead and a horse behind. Ray White (my dad)