Do you covet what others have?
For when we covet — when we overly desire what others have — we obscure who we really are and what we are supposed to do (during our short time on this planet). To covet is to yearn to possess something (or someone).
Focus on what you have been given. Focus on your life.
Focus on simplicity.
These last forever.
There is great freedom in being content with what has already been granted you!
God does it for a reason.
Everyone — every single person — has a role. Only in the next Life will we appreciate the value of what we have been given from Him.
When we’re covetous, it’s often due to materialism. This tends to trouble. There is the “virus of desire.” Remember, God gives you what you need. In our age, everyone seems covetous; everyone seems “affluent.” As a writer recently noted, you can test to see if you covet and have fallen into consumerism by asking yourself the following questions:
Do you frequently buy things you don’t really need?
When shopping, are you unable to control how much you spend?
Do you envy the lifestyles of the rich and famous?
Do you feel bad when your neighbors have things you do not?
Do you measure yourself by what others have?
Do you ever use shopping as a means of escape?
Do you use your possessions to impress others?
Do you compare your possessions with what your peers have?
If so, do you experience a feeling of superiority that yours are better?
Do you speak often about the things you want?
Do you find yourself complaining about the things you want but cannot afford?
Do you think of spending your money more often than saving it? Do you often think your life would be more complete if you had more money and possessions?”
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you may want to purge that — earnestly, and with tenacity — from your spirit.
We are meant to cooperate, to help others, not to compete. So, you can relax now! There is no race. There is no treadmill. Don’t concern yourself too much with what others are doing (unless they’re immediate family!).
More often than not, in actuality, those who “have it all” have very little.
And they never have enough. They never reach satiation. Billionaires seek more billions!
If the sole focus is material, in the end — at the end of life — we learn quickly that we have been left with exactly nothing. (DJS)