I must confess that there are times I envy others. Maybe they have a newer car than I do, or a nicer garden (or more important to me a nice garden!), or maybe something as mundane as they have a fully funded emergency fund while mine barely gets off the ground. It can be easy to get jealous.

At times like this I need to go to Acts 20. Paul is giving a farewell address to the Ephesian leaders whom he says he will never see again. So this is his last chance to say what is on his heart and mind. Paul finishes his speech to them with these poignant words:

32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

It’s not about what I accumulate,    it’s about not coveting what others have and about giving and helping the weak. Time for me to have an attitude adjustment. How about you?

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