Last Wednesday after work, as I am entering the house my younger son runs toward me with a red face and tears in his eyes. The two words he manages to scream are, “not fair!” Over and over. “What’s not fair?” you may wonder. Is it that his brother got more sweets? Appears to have more toys? Got to spend more time with his friends? Is choosing what activity they do together next? Nope. He found out that the night before, after he fell asleep, his brother spent an hour of one-on-one time with me. It is not fair that he didn’t get such treatment. Tonight, he must have his one-on-one with me, and his brother can disappear, for all he cares. By the way, this was not the first round of such provocation, and not the last.
Few things are as precious as that for a dad.
Kids are often such good communicators of the deep things of life. We are not too different from my boys. We also spur each other to jealousy. It may be with the stuff we own, or the people we know, or the talents we posses. Or whatever else. Whether we recognize it or not, intend it or not, we spur each other toward jealousy. And I don’t necessarily think that is always a bad thing.
Now, don’t get me wrong. If you are doing something with the intent of making others jealous, that is wrong. But, by definition it is not wrong to live in a way that makes others jealous. I think the question is, “what is that makes others jealous of our lives?”
That Wednesday my boys reminded me that if I am not spurring someone to jealousy by how well I am walking in fellowship and obedience to my Heavenly Father then something maybe off. It might be a good indicator my priorities, dreams, and goals. We can’t prevent people from being jealous of the wrong things, yet if earthly stuff is all they are jealous of, it should cause us to ponder, “Is my Heavenly Father as precious as I profess him to be?”