Coveting

The tenth commandment, as stated in How Do You Spell God? by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman is "Don't want what other people have just because they have it!" We are a covetous nation. The grass is always greener on the other side. That means it always looks better when you don't have it. You focus on it, you want it. Day in and day out, you think about having it, not what you'll do with it, not what it will do for you, but just having it.

If it's something you can't have, something like a talent, a gift, rejoice in someone else sharing that gift with you, don't hate them because they can do something you can't. Share your gifts with them, and together you'll both be better. We do not need to be something we are not, to be who God needs us to be. He needs us to be ourselves, using our gifts, as he calls, and he needs us to celebrate gifts in others.

Even if you were to get the thing you want more than anything else right now, if you're coveting it, chances are, you're not going to be happy. There will be something else someone else has that you'll suddenly feel you need, as if any thing could buy you happniess. True happiness comes from contentment with yourself, by the grace of God.

In Paul's letter to the Romans and his first letter to the Corinthians, he writes of the church as the body of Christ (12th chapter of both books). Each person in the church is therefore a part of Christ's body! What a gift, to be included in God's plan! We are all made in the image of God, and as such, we're all in that big plan.

There are people who God can only love through us because they have not accepted him, and because others won't love them.

If something we do scares someone away from the church, we are doing the equivalent of cutting off a part of Christ's body. Both Susan and Lisa know of people who felt they were driven from the church at a young age, and have never returned. Think of the horrible loss God feels about this.

We can't see and hear everything with our own eyes and ears, so we need to use others. We can't know everything, we have to listen to what others have to say, even listen to their dreams. We need to learn to accept what we have, because what we have, who we are, and where we are, are all gifts from God. We need to use these gifts and cherish them. Our gifts are unique. There's nobody else like you, nobody else like me.

How have you used your gifts today?