I want to have the same attitude as Jesus. Don't you? The bible says Jesus was the same, yesterday and forever. I so desire to be the same person at home that I am at church and outside the home. This is the greatest test of a woman of the Faith-to have an attitude that is the same day in and day out.
It can be easy for women to live by their emotions or whatever emotion they "feel" for the day. Choosing emotions over truth can end up ruling their attitude which in turn affects everyone around them. Emotions can rule the atmosphere of the home, parenting, and marriage. The phrase, "if momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy" became a popular phrase for a reason! And it wasn't because momma was happy!!!! As a woman, we have great influence over our homes whether we are single or are married. How we live at home reveals who we really are. Who are you at home?
What kind of emotions ruin a woman's attitude at home?
There are many. We will uncover some of them throughout the upcoming "Just for Women Wednesdays." Today we'll focus on envy.
When a woman envies another woman, she may envy the other woman's children, husband, relationship with the LORD, job, home, clothes, style, hair, good fortune, popularity or talent etc. When a woman chooses to become envious she actually invites envy to come in make itself welcome inside her heart. The more she envies another, the less she stays focused on Christ and in turn her attitude turns inward toward selfishness instead of humility. Then selfishness is ruling her thoughts instead of truth.
James 3:16 says, "For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice." A woman who becomes envious of another woman lets envy distract her from being focused on God's purpose for her life. She doesn't mean to let those thoughts come in and cause chaos within her mind and heart but it happens when envy isn'g taken captive and brought to the feet of Jesus. Envy causes confusion and disorder within the mind and slows a person down from doing all God has planned for them to do. People stumble because of envy and in turn get mired in the "I wish I had's...." I love what the great theologian Matthew Henry said,
"He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture, if he does not live and act well." (Source: http://bible.cc/james/3-16.htm)
The quote above describes what I am trying to convey in today's post. How are you living? How are you acting? Who are you at home? Are you nice outside of the home but when you are at home thoughts of envy are eating you up inside? It's not enough to talk or know a lot. It's about living internally the same as you would externally. Envy affects who you are at home because it changes your focus. It changes your attitude at home because your focus is on what you don't have and not on what you "do" have. Opportunities are all around you at home to minister to each family member or friend who visits. Bring your envy to God. Don't let it rule your heart. Time is better spent on the truth of God than on thoughts of another sinful person that has something you don't have.