Green Popcorn (recipe here!) + Purple Grape Juice
(After you’ve read the verses above, answer these questions. You can use your Little Faith Book if you’d like!)
- What are these verses saying?
- What verse really stood out to you? (Feel free to doodle it!)
- What do you get jealous of?
- What are jealousy and selfishness according to verse 15?
- As Christians, what should our lives display instead (vs. 17)?
Maleficent, known as the "Mistress of All Evil," is one of the most iconic villains of all time. Greatly offended that she wasn’t invited to Princess Aurora’s christening, her jealousy and selfishness drove her to put a curse on the princess. Before the sun set on Aurora’s sixteenth birthday, she would "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die."
So maybe things aren’t that intense when you get jealous. But jealousy of any kind can still have deadly results. Proverbs 14:30 says that "jealousy will rot your bones." I don’t know about you, but I struggle with jealousy and selfishness. When I’m jealous of a friend, or someone on social media, or someone who’s better than me at something, I’m miserable. It eats away at my heart. And I’m certainly not in any position to share Jesus with others. But when I decide to look at the world through God’s eyes and focus on serving and loving like He did, I have a whole new perspective! Instead of jealous, I’m excited for others. Instead of selfish, Jesus gives me His selfless heart. I’m sure I’ll always struggle with this, but when I do, I want to stop in my tracks and try to see others as Jesus does. And after all, why be jealous when God has given me so much to be thankful for?
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves" (Philippians 2:3).