Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil. (James 3:16 CEB)
“No James, you don’t understand. Some people may have a problem with jealousy and so, screw up the order of things in their life, but not me. It might be an issue with others, but me, well, I’ve got it under control. I’m not going to say I don’t have any jealousy within me because that would be a lie. No, what makes it all different for me is that I keep my jealousy on a leash, you see. It’s tied down. I’ll admit, it’s there, but ‘disorder’ creeping in as a result, nah, that’s just not where it’s at with me. It’ll never happen. Not with me it won’t.
“See, all sorts of evil does creep into some folks’ lives. And it does so because they’re selfish in their ambitions. They’re all wrapped up in a “What’s in it for me?” way of thinking. They’re always looking to get something out of everything for themselves. But that’s not me. Not all. I’m immune to that sort of stuff. Oh sure, sometimes I get to thinking in a ‘I’m lookin’ out for number one’ mode, but it doesn’t last long and I certainly don’t dabble in that long enough for any other darkness to find its way into my mind. No, you don’t need to worry about me.
“Now don’t get me wrong. I appreciate you looking out for me and all, but buddy, you’re way overstating your case. In fact, let me just gently say you really need to just tone it down a bit, brother. Your ‘wherever’ is just too broad a net. Talking that way only weakens the point you’re trying to make with some folks. And hey, I have to be honest with you. The way you’re talking is just a bit offensive to me. I mean, you come across like you’re just lumping me in with the rest of the herd and that’s not right. When it comes to this sort of stuff, I’m different. It’s truly all different with me.”
To which James replies: “Whatever. I’m stickin’ with ‘wherever.’”
Wherever you find jealousy and selfish ambition you’ll find all sorts of evil and people’s lives and relationships in disarray. (James 3:16 DSV)
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, may I ever remember my place before you, dependent on your grace, and may I ever consider others better than myself. Amen.