I want to talk to you about your next door neighbor.
How many times have you heard it said, “he’s just trying to keep up with the Joneses”. You probably all have, at some stage of our lives, wanted to keep up with others. The reality is that there will always be someone who has more than you. Even if you are a billionaire there still be another billionaire who has just a little bit more. To most of us mere mortals though, we only have to look around in our street, or at the kid’s school or in the workplace, and we’ll find many Joneses to chase after.
Keeping up with the Joneses is the wide spread disease in the western world.
Our lives these days are so filled with stuff, and sadly it is what occupies so much of people’s conversations. We may think that keeping up with the Joneses is a modern day thing (with all our gadget and smartphones), however, this was just as much the problem in biblical times as it is today.
It’s believed that King Solomon once said “then I observe, that most people that are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors”. – Ecclesiastes 4:4
Is it wrong to want to be successful? Of course not, but what kind of success are you truly looking for? For me, my definition of success is when I arrive in heaven and God says to me “well done good and faithful servant”. – Matthew 25:23
So next time you find yourself feeling slowly envious of other people, why not take a different approach, and ask God to bless them even more, and help you value what is truly important and that is eternal value.