None of us like to admit that we're jealous. Most of the time, we don't even realize, or want to acknowledge that we are. Ever since the very beginning, people have struggled with jealousy. Someone always had something that they wanted, something they deemed "cooler." Jealousy can lead to actions and words of hatred, and those are not good things.

These days, jealousy has only grown in its size with the help of social media. Especially girls, but some boys too, will look at pictures of people living their "perfect lives," and it can make them feel bad about themselves. I know I do it sometimes too. It's hard to see past the filter of someone's gorgeous picture, but in reality no one is perfect. We're all human, and nothing can change that. We all have things we need to work on and things we need to change.

At school it can happen too. There's so much pressure from boys and girls on what to wear. It seems that if you don't wear name brand clothes, trendy outfits, or the right shoes then you aren't cool. These clothes cost a lot of money too and it has an impact on the kid's money and their parents. It's hard to not always be wearing the "in" clothes, but think of it this way. In a few years, you won't remember what you wore last monday or who commented on your outfit. What will leave an impact is your actions. The things that you say and the things that you do can change people's lives forever.

Dealing with jealousy is also difficult. First of all, you need to find out what is making you jealous. Is it the new phone your friend keeps showing off? Or the girl in your math class? Think about what is making you jealous. Next, you need to realize your blessings. I wrote a whole blog post on blessings so if you want to dig a little deeper into that I suggest you check it out. There are so many privileges that we were born with that we don't even realize. I live in the US, so to name a few: the right to vote, freedom of speech and religion, and education.

There's also one blessing that everyone reading this and those on this planet have, and that's Jesus. God sent His son down to save us from our sins. We are sinful creatures and that's our nature. We don't deserve to be with God, but HE loves us so much that He wanted to be with us. That huge sacrifice is the greatest blessing you can have.

The third step to defeating jealousy is to be happy with who you are. Self-confidence is a very big part when it comes to this. Love yourself and that will allow you to love others. If you are happy with yourself, then you won't find yourself getting jealous as much. If you practice these things you'll slowly start noticing less about what others think about you and what you think of others. Instead you'll start realizing what God thinks about you, and that is very important for you to know.

The bible says, "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. --1 Corinthians 10:13" and it is so right! God knows that you will be jealous, but he will provide a way out so that you can endure it!

Remember: Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Deeply

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