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February 12, 2020

 

      Oftentimes, it can be easy to slip into the temptation of jealousy.  If you are mindful of it, it is still easy to slip into the temptation of jealousy, especially when you know someone, or someone who is close to you, is celebrating the purchase of a new car, the purchase of a new coat, the gift of a new ring, or a necklace, or perhaps even a new house, it could even be a trip to a far and distant land, something they had planned for a very long time.  And, this temptation will come knocking on your door, especially when it is time for you to buy a car and there are no funds, when you would like a new coat, but it just is not possible.  Celebrate the things that come to others.  And, once you practice celebrating the joys of others, the achievements of others, the things of others, you will find you are not so jealous, because you are too busy celebrating with them, rather than wishing you had what they have.  Today, practice.  When someone tells you, they have bought something new, celebrate.  It will not take long before this practice settles into you comfortably, and it is the first choice, the first thing you do is celebrate the good news of others.

 And The Holy Spirit says:

       There is so much to celebrate, but one of the most glorious things, about living upon Earth, is the opportunity to celebrate all the good that comes to those you know.  When this is the first choice, when this is the only option, then the joys of others are your joys.  If today you find that you are wishing you had that new coat, or the new house, or a trip to a far off place, celebrate that another has the coat, has the house, or is going on a trip.  Celebration will be the practice which will keep you from sinking into jealousy.  Try it, today.  It might sound simple, but I can assure you it is The Way to overpower the temptation to be jealous.  Celebrate.