It’s easy to look at other people and marvel at their talents. Your sister is a fabulous softball player. Your best friend has a special sense of creativity that’s obvious every time she walks into a room. Your neighbor is talented at singing or writing. Not to mention all of the other athletes, artists, academic whiz kids, and other talented people in your school, church and family. I can see why it might be hard to keep the green eyed monster from rearing its head sometimes.
However, jealousy usually occurs when a person feels inadequate or threatened in some way. Often it’s because she’s struggling to develop her own abilities. Unfortunately, society encourages us to constantly compare ourselves to other people. But you don’t have to compare yourself to another person. You have unique gifts and talents inside of you that are waiting to be used. The Bible is clear about that:
But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. – 1 Corinthians 7:7
Everyone has extraordinary abilities and it’s up to you to discover and nourish yours! So the next time you start to feel jealous about the talents that your peers have been blessed with, remind yourself that you are uniquely blessed with your own talents for your own special purpose. God says,
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart – Jeremiah 1:5.
God has created you for a specific purpose and no one can fulfill your destiny, but you.
Remember, if God gives you a mission, surely He’ll prepare and equip you for it! Therefore, you already have all of the talents and gifts that you need to fulfill your unique purpose. So rather than focus on what other people do well, evaluate your own talents and figure out how to enhance them!