15th March 2019

Compassion UK: All That Glitters Ain’t Gold

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

2 Proverbs 14:30

When I first started taking label meetings in Nashville, I was dazzled by the bright lights. It was so exciting to imagine having a big team and lots of money going into my career. I loved the idea of having radio ads to promote my music and shiny merchandise to sell online. It looked like a massive career upgrade. 

But after learning a little more about the industry, I found out that the grass is not always greener. Speaking to a signed artist in a dressing room last year, I was surprised to hear her say, “I envy your situation. You have so much more control over what you do.” I began to realise that what looks like a promotion can mean trading one set of issues for another.

The same goes for most things in life. We often presume that others have it easier or better than we do. But we’re only seeing the shop window of their lives. Their stockroom is probably no tidier than yours.

This Lent, take a moment to pause. God advises not to look at someone else’s blessings and feel envy. In fact, God’s instruction to not covet our neighbour’s things is so important that he even put it in the Ten Commandments. He takes covetousness seriously because it is deceptive, divisive, and destructive. It can eat us up from the inside out.

Lord, help me to keep my eyes on you and remain thankful for all the good things you give. Help me not to be deceived by the perfect shop-window appearance of other people’s lives. Lord, today I pray you will simply fill my heart with peace so my body and soul may have the life you promise. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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