It’s been a few days since I’ve posted — I’ve been toggling with some different topics to talk about since my Weight Watcher’s post. After a few conversations with a couple of friends, it hit me! (My family and friends have no idea how inspiring they are. Those that inspired this post know who they are! Much love to y’all!)
John 13:34 says: “A new command I give you: Love each other. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
I told you it was simple.
…or is it?
Lately it seems the norm is to be judgmental, tear each other down, act hateful towards one another… I’M SO OVER IT!
First thing we must do is realize God made man in His image, not ours.
The second thing we need to do is remember The Golden Rule…
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
What do we think gives us the right to judge others, tear them down?? Why can’t we refrain from opening our mouths and spewing negative stuff?
I try to keep my mouth shut if I don’t have anything nice to say. I could never imagine tearing someone down. I don’t want someone to treat me horribly so why would I do that to them? Yeah, I like that one too…
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Now, there are moments when I find myself thinking negatively but have learned to recognize it and switch back to positive thoughts. Some days are harder than others. I’m a work in progress.
I think a lot of the hateful, mean folks you see tearing others down suffer from the dreary ol’ monster called: JEALOUSY! Yep. I truly believe that’s what it is. At least that’s what it has been for my friends that are being treated horribly.
My sweet friends struggling with a jealous person(s)… keep doing what you’re doing! Don’t pay attention to what they are saying. Some people are going to hate on you simply because they see you enjoying the success they don’t have from the work they haven’t done. Better yet, rid your life of those negative people. You don’t need that kind of craziness in your life!
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt
For those living the jealous life… STOP THAT HORRIBLE HABIT NOW! Jealousy is BAD. It causes you to focus on someone else’s life instead of your own. How much of your life are you missing out on? What does comparing do to you? Nothing positive, at all. It’s extremely unhealthy. Don’t spend your days competing with people (that don’t even know you’re competing with them). Now is the time to change!! Start counting YOUR blessings instead of someone else’s – you will be significantly happier! Get out of the shadow of others and be recognized for YOUR talents and achievements. Don’t ever forget that God made YOU in His image. You are so beautifully and wonderfully made!
Let’s focus on the following passage…
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually. — 1 Thessalonians 5:11-17
^^^LOVE IT!! ❤️❤️
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: encouragement, appreciation, and kindness go a long way.
Encourage that fitness enthusiast posting his or her progress pictures to keep reaching for their goals. Encourage your friend to follow through with their dream. Encourage that stay at home mom. Let’s root for each other and watch each other grow.
Be grateful for what you have.
Show your appreciation.
Help each other.
Reminder: you don’t know everyone’s story. Your coworker may be having some family issues. That fitness enthusiast may be struggling with some health issues causing him or her to struggle to reach their goals. Your neighbor, that Facebook friend, one of your Instagram followers… all. different. stories.
Be kind to the people you meet for they may be battling something you can’t even begin to comprehend.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER!!
CHALLENGE: I want to challenge you to do something nice for someone this week. The difficult part of this challenge is to do it without bringing attention to yourself. Don’t brag. Don’t beg for a “thank you.”
How do you deal with the jealous person? How do you overcome jealousy?
Hope you all have a blessed week!