But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
When our eyes are on someone else and what they are doing, or what they have, we lose focus on what we are supposed to be doing— and where we’re supposed to be going. We are also losing ourselves in a dark pit of envy. When this envy grows into anger, resentment, and bitterness, if we aren’t careful to atone, we allow our light to be smother by the darkness. You don’t want a life where only darkness can be found. So don’t contribute to it.
If you’re envying others, stop. Look around you, at what you already have, and be a great steward of what you have before you, so God can bless your good and faithful works.
If you’re currently ladder climbing off of the backs of other people, stop it. Make right your wrong. Make whole that which you’ve trampled over. Find the ways to serve and stop being self-serving. Reach back and downwards to lift willing hands towards their next victories.
Nothing good is earned alone.
Someone helped pave the way. Someone made introductions. Someone said yes while others said no. You may see your ambitious climb as the efforts of your labor. Actually, it is through your laziness, which God despises, that you used others to lighten your work load. Admit your wrongs, realign with God, and remain focused on obediently following His lead.
Father, let my focus stay on You. Let my heart and mind be connected with You. I pray for humility. And freedom from envy and selfish ambition. Help me to discern my thoughts, emotions, and where my actions are leading me. I don’t want to do or say anything, or be anywhere that goes against what You want for me.