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You Look Sooooo… Not Princess-y!

One day I was in our local Walmart near the cashier lines when two little girls caught my attention. These elementary-age girls were waiting for the woman with them to finalize her purchases. Wanting to look very regal, one of the two girls had a long, cloth sash draped like a veil from her head. Donning the pretend veil, she gracefully twirled around as a princess might do at a royal ball. Observing the pretend princess, the other little girl disgustingly said, "You look sooooo.... (dragging out "so" as if trying to decide what to say next) not princess-y!" She definitely did not want to give an encouraging compliment to the "princess." Watching these young girls reminded me of how we humans can react when we feel jealous and threatened with competition. Adolescent girls can react this way when they both like the same boy. I remember acting like a jerk when other girls in my 6th grade class liked the same guy-celebrity that I liked. The celebrity did not have a clue that we existed; nevertheless, I was jealous because someone else liked him. Adults can often be guilty of jealousy in various situations. Maybe an acquaintance has successfully lost weight while you struggle with being overweight. Maybe a friend's child received an academic honor at school while your child is struggling with studies. Jealousy can rear its ugly head in many forms and fashions. The Apostle Paul has some challenging words for us when we are tempted to be jealous. "Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves" (Philippians 2:3). Instead of letting jealous feelings well up inside of you, choose instead to esteem others and verbally lift them up. Express a heartfelt word of encouragement. Say things like... "Congratulations on your son making the honor roll." "You look great! Tell me about your fitness plan." Or... "You look like a beautiful princess when you twirl around like that." Are there any areas of your life where you struggle with jealousy? How might you choose "to esteem others better than yourself"? Suggested Bible reading: Philippians 2:3-8

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