Drat! I did it again.
The green-eyed monster reared its ugly head as I scrolled past her social media post.
Once again it felt like someone achieved something I had not and jealousy welled up in my heart, even if just for a moment. As fast as I scrolled past with green eyes, I scrolled back and tapped the like button. My flesh and Spirit may battle, but I want to win this war. I do not wish to be a woman consumed with envy; I want to be the encourager God made me to be.
Sisterhood is cheering each other on.
Sisterhood is cheering each other on even when, especially when, you are running the same race.Often it feels like everyone is a step ahead, but isn’t that okay when the goal is the same? Click To Tweet
I once trained and competed in triathlons. Each day I had a choice of whether I would get up and condition my body to swim, run, and bike. Often, I would train alone, but I loved having a partner to train beside. The mere presence of another person can spur the heart to strive and keep pressing forward. Combine that with a person who will encourage you to continue toward the goal and you have a sister.
After completing my second triathlon and sharing my experience with my husband about how I would cheer each biker and runner I passed to keep going, he said, “why would you do that?” He didn’t grasp the value of cheering on a competitor. That was the thing. I didn’t see a competitor. I saw a valuable person striving to reach the finish line.
When I look at my sisters in Christ, I see the same: a valuable woman, running toward the finish line God has set for her. I want to be the one that encourages her to run the race. Our race is the same. Our pace may be different, but there should be a singular goal. We should each desire to walk in step with the Lord, bringing glory to Him along the way.
But the battle is real. I know. After serving in women’s ministries for ten years, I understand the struggle. Jealousy does creep in and envy insists on the win. Jealousy can threaten to hinder us and become a sin that entangles us.
Decide now to win the battle.
The book of Hebrews speaks to our race encouraging us to “run with perseverance the race marked before us.” But how? How do we keep our pace and encourage others as well? I believe the key to unlocking this question is found in the next verse. Hebrews 12:2 begins saying, “fixing your eyes on Jesus.”
I like to summarize Hebrews 12:1-2 by saying, “run the race, keep the pace, keep your eyes on Jesus.” When we fix our eyes on Him, we are less likely to be defeated by the green-eyed monster. We can focus on cheering each other on. We can be sisters who encourage.