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June 8, 2021 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Envy rots the bones

There are few activities that are as dangerous to my spirit as looking at the websites of other churches. Far from being a neutral exercise, this endeavor typically ends with either despair, as I compare myself and our church and feel inadequate, or disdain, as I smugly criticize what I am seeing. Lord, have mercy....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Envy, Contentment

August 9, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I want your life

I wish I had their house. I wish I drove that car. I wish I could go on a vacation like that. I wish I grew up with parents like that. I wish my boss were more like that. I wish my spouse were more like that. I wish I had a spouse. I wish I looked like her. I wish I had his life. “Do not let your heart envy sinners,” the writer of Proverbs tells us in chapter 23, verse 17. Maybe you read through that first paragraph and did not resonate with any of those wishes, but more than likely, you have said one or more of those things, maybe even today. To envy someone is to notice something that is good about someone else, but instead of rejoicing over the good they have, you weep over the fact that you don’t have it (Facebook, anyone?)....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Envy, Contentment