I didn’t always do this—pray for the success of others.
I do now and I’m going to tell you why. Jealousy and envy consumed me and I would constantly deny it. Then I read a devotional through the holy Bible app called ‘What to do when envy steals your joy’. Because that’s exactly what was happening. I was so wrapped up in other people’s success that I fell into a depression at the lack of my successes.
I would continuously ask myself “what am I doing wrong? Where did I go wrong? Why not me?” After reading that devotional I realized that God blesses everyone differently and you don’t really know what was sacrificed for that blessing. There will always be someone doing better or worse than you —ALWAYS.
The goal is contentment and gratitude. Becoming content with what you have and what you’re able to obtain all while being grateful.
Once you reach that, it will be easier to pray for the success of others. To be able to pray for the one you envy or are jealous of is an accomplishment I never thought I would achieve. I mean, I never prayed for them to fail or wanted them to, I just didn’t pray for them at all.
I would just bask in my jealousy and envy, compare myself to others, and just become depressed and unmotivated. It was taking a toll on me as a person, a mother, and a wife. Your energy carries and I was giving all sorts of bad vibes honey.
I grew closer to God, I read my bible more, prayed more, and was just genuinely content with myself. Shortly thereafter my husband was blessed with a great new job and I began to focus on my own goals. It’s like everything in me changed, my thought process, my motivation, basically my will to live (another post for another time).
Jealousy and envy don’t have to consume you anymore. Try writing down your goals, things you’re grateful for, make a vision board, pray, meditate, or read a devotional as I did! Sometimes reading how someone overcame a struggle you’re going through can be very inspiring and I hope you leave here inspired.