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.