Do Not Covet another’s Success

Posted: August 15, 2011 by Ricky Keeler in College Football

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The big talk in college football this weekend was the possibility of the Texas A&M Aggies moving away from the Big 12 to the SEC. On Sunday, the SEC decided to not send the invitation to the Aggies, but did not rule out the possibility of re-aligning the conference in the future. The Big 12 has dwindled down to ten teams with the defection of Nebraska to the Big Ten and Colorado to the new Pac-12.

However, one of the main reasons the Aggies are even thinking of moving conferences is that their archrivals, the Texas Longhorns, now have their own television network. The Texas Longhorn Network is bringing millions of dollars into the school’s athletic department. It appears like A&M is envious of their in-state rival’s success and is looking to make more money in what is presumably the best conference in college football. It has the potential of creating a super-conference, but why should we change our path just because we are jealous of someone else’s success?

The answer is we shouldn’t! It originates from one of the Ten Commandments that the LORD gave to Moses on Mount Sinai “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s” (Exodus 20:17). If you are a Christian, you cannot focus on what your life is like under the sun because we have to look at the ultimate reward of being in heaven with our Father.

The book of James talks about how jealousy and how it can lead to wrongdoing in the eyes of the Lord. “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (James 4:2-3).

Today, I exhort you to not be jealous of other people’s success. Remember that when you serve the Lord, you are not doing to honor yourself; you are doing it to honor the Lord Almighty. He will ultimately lead you to success, but in different ways. Sometimes it is not quick success, but when you put your trust in the Lord, He will lead you where He wants you to go.

  1. 7Boss1 says:

    God always takes care of His own not on our time but His time

  2. Bobby Charts says:

    Great read and thoughts, 7Boss1, great point!
    James says “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.”

  3. Tommy the Football Prophet says:

    Can’t handle the detractors? Plus you know I’m right. Sorry that the bible got in the way of your article.

    • Tommy,
      Thank you very much for showing us your side on this article. We might not agree but we are trying to glorify God with our articles. We have been doing this since July and you are the first to give us a negative comment. I guess the first line you gave us on your last comment wasn’t very Christ like and I apology for deleting your comment.
      May God bless you in your life and your writing. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

      • Tommy the Football Prophet says:

        What, besides the first sentence, wasn’t very christ-like? And I don’t think jesus would be too upset with me saying “what a load of crap.” Clearly you didn’t post it because it showed your article was inappropriately applying a biblical reference to the aTm SEC situation. How about writing an article about not coveting what your neighbor has about Baylor? They are the ones who have surreptitiously put a kink in aTm’s plans. Jesus didn’t silence his detractors. He saved them.

      • Wow. Thanks for reading our comments. First of all, I’m not going to debate you. I don’t think Jesus would say out of his mouth, what a load of crap. Yes he saved his detractors but he also love them with unconditional love. I love you man and thanks for your opinion. Please take the moment to re-read the article and I wonder are you a Texas A&M fan??

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