She just showed up.

Your confidence seems to go down just by the mention of her name, and now she's here and everyone loves her and you suddenly feel like a shadow.

You do not measure up.

Let me tell you something about jealousy and the ugly heart that it can manufacture in you. If you allow it.

Jealousy can kill. Jealousy can destroy and harvest hate faster than you can think. All it takes is one look, and you're hooked. All it takes is one sharp pang of mediocrity to gnaw at your self-worth.

What if I told you that you did not have to be jealous? That you had a choice to choose encouragement or to dwell in your shortcomings to another person? What if I told you that you do not have to listen to the voices that speak the lies of worthlessness to your heart? Erase the temptation. Whatever it takes. Delete Instagram for a while (or for good). You are not a slave to jealousy. Build on YOUR gifts. Love YOUR good traits.

Be jealous for goodness. Be jealous for peace. Be jealous for the lonely ones. Be jealous for the depressed.

Choose encouragement. Don't look, but see.

Hope