Our Daily Bread for 28 February 2022 – Celebrate Parties
serenity lengthens life; But jealousy destroys it. [Proverbs 14:30]
Writer Marilyn McEntyre tells of an acquaintance who suffered from a physical disability and chronic pain. This prevented her from developing her talents the way she wished. Nevertheless, her motto was: “The opposite of envy is celebration.” She managed to radiate joy and celebrate with others until her death. Every encounter with her made you emerge stronger.
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The thought – “the opposite of envy is celebration” – can’t let me go and reminds me of people in my life who radiate this kind of joy that doesn’t have to be compared to others, but is deep and genuine.
Envy or jealousy catch up with us quickly. They grow on our deep-seated hurts, wounds, and fears, whispering to us that if we were just like so-and-so, we’d be better off.