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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA—According to sources close to local believer Jen Waters, the Christian mother of four spends much of her day wistfully browsing through a popular Christian blogger’s Instagram account, expressing her jealousy and resentment that her life isn’t as perfect as the celebrity’s entirely fictional depiction of her day to day experiences.
“Man, I wish I had it together like Chloe does,” she muttered as she flipped by a completely staged picture of Chloe’s family playing and laughing in their living room. “Look how perfect her home is,” she added, unaware that the internet celebrity had merely pushed all the clutter just out of the frame, and even edited several of her couch’s stains out of the picture using Photoshop.
The woman is filled with envy as she reads the mom blogger’s posts about adorable, insightful, and funny things her kids said, completely unaware that the vast majority of these touching moments were entirely fabricated. “I wish my kids would say stuff like that. They just kind of scream at each other and drone on about the latest Fortnite update.”
Upon seeing a post in which the popular Christian internet personality showed off the new deck she had installed, Waters looked out at her own porch, covered in Little Tikes play equipment, baseball gear, hockey nets, and bicycles her kids joyfully play with each day, and said, “I just wish God blessed me the way he blesses others.”
Jealousy robs us of joy. Join author Tilly Dillehay as she encourages us to turn away from envy and instead see the glory of God in the blessings He pours out on others in her new book Seeing Green: Don't Let Envy Color Your Joy, available now.