Ecclesiastes 4:4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless–like chasing the wind.
Social media has created a space in which we all have filtered windows into each others lives. I have to stress the fact that the windows are filtered because, everyone projects their best features and conceals their worst. We see each others HIGH-lights while we conceal our LOW-lights.
Many people now have an underlying fear of being left behind by their social media peers, in terms of highlights so many people over compensate and over exaggerate their progress. Envy is now driving people to project progress while they are stagnant or worse regressing. As a child of God, envy must not be your motivation. Faith must be the only fuel that drives you. Here are five ways to break envy based motivation.
- Focus on your purpose
You are created by God for a reason. Make that reason your sole focus everyday. There is nothing more liberating than making your everyday, a purpose pursuit day. Anything that is not getting you closer to your purpose, must be ignored.
2. Focus on your gifts
We have all been given gifts by God. We have a daily duty to work on mastering our craft. God expects us to put the work in, to get better in our gifts. Everyday must be used to improve ourselves.
3. Focus on your joy
A key question you must answer for a happier life is “What brings me joy?” What activities bring you to a place of joy everyday? What are your joy activators? For some it’s reading a book, others its jogging, cooking, writing, or conversing with a friend over coffee. Make sure you identify your joy activators and focus on them.
4. Focus on your inner circle
Everyone has an inner circle of close friends and family who they love and trust. Everyone needs an inner circle to share ideas, hopes and struggles with. Your inner circle must also be given to prayer. When you are down you need them to pray with you and encourage you.
5. Focus on your prayer-life
There is no substitute in the world for prayer. Prayer is a source of power and strength you cannot live without. When you walk in prayer-lessness, you enter a world of weakness. Prayer gives us inner strength to deal with whatever challenges come. Be strong in the Lord and Pray everyday!
God bless you!
Pastor Israel Phiri