Rejoice with those who rejoice.
Have you ever caught yourself struggling to be happy with those around you? It sounds so simple to just jump for joy when your friend gets a new job, or a new boyfriend, or a new opportunity. So if this is simple, then why does our happiness so quickly turn to jealousy? This is the case for so many of us.
Whether we mean to or not, we all do it. We have all experienced jealousy or brokenness of some sort. These negative feelings can leave us feeling like we are less than others, but they don't have to.
Personally, I believe there are a few ways to combat the jealousy and rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15).
Friend, join me in checking your heart today.
Let's drop the comparison and strive to love one another a little bit more. Here are a few small things that we could all be doing to stop ourselves from being entangled in jealousy.
1. Limit your time on social media.
Listen sister, I love social media as much as the next girl but in all honesty, sometimes it can be toxic. Maybe you have caught yourself desiring what others have. If this is the case, it may be causing more harm than help. Sometimes it takes deleting the instagram app for a few hours, days, or weeks, to set our hearts straight. There is no shame in letting yourself do a little detox.
2. List things you are thankful for.
When our hearts are all caught up in what other people have, we forget what we have. Take a second to write down what you DO have instead of reflecting on what those around you have. You won't regret this.
3. Form genuine friendships.
Now this might sound a little weird. You may be thinking, "what the heck does that mean?". In all honesty, it is easier to feel joy with someone when you know their story. Get to know people for who they are and you will probably catch yourself wanting them to succeed.
4. Be still.
It is pretty dang hard to realize what we have if we don't slow down for a second and look around at what we have. Throw the saying, "you don't know what you have until it's gone" out the window. You CAN know what you have before it is taken away, but you gotta allow yourself to do just that.