Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Death of Envy ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Death of Envy ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Envy is confining, a place where lack is overwhelming, where possibilities are narrow, and where means are restricted. A place where resources are inadequate and opportunities meant for just a few. "Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?" asks the writer of Proverbs (27:4). And indeed, who can stand before it?

I am probably not alone in confessing that I have had to deal with envy a great deal. The birth of my little sister was a threat to my unique state in the family; later, classmates always seemed to do better than I; other people seemed happier, healthier, more successful, stronger than I.

This fixation on the luck and happiness of others faded away in proportion as my interest grew in getting to know God and His spiritual creation. Envy gave way to a larger view. I had glimpses of unlimited being, of beauty, talents, opportunities given to all of us without measure. I left the confinement of envy and entered the realm of generosity and peace.

The perfect antidote to envy is the knowledge of being loved by Love, God. In a world without God, everything is limited, but this is not the true story of humanity. There is more to life than eyes can see and ears hear - and this "more" is a supreme, limitless, intelligent, wonderful Being, God, the dear Father, as Christ Jesus called Him, the dear Father-Mother, as Mary Baker Eddy described Him in her primary work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

This Being is surrounding us and giving us life - and we know that God exists because we exist. There is no other explanation. We are children of God, the supreme Principle of the universe, spiritual images, ideas, concepts - more than souls with a body - entirely good and spiritual.

Though envy had left my thought, the moment I started to get to know my spiritual self and feel its breadth, it tried to return. An opportunity was given to my best friend that I felt was meant to be given to me. I wanted this job opportunity, but I also love this friend very much. Friendship means a lot to me, and I will do anything to keep up a friendship. So how to reconcile my need with the friendship? …

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