The Dangers Within: Envy

Mustache EnvyHave you ever said, “I’m so jealous!” when you hear of a friend’s awesome vacation plans, promotion, or new car? Most of the time we don’t really mean it. In fact, we may be saying it just to make sure they know how excited we are for them.

But sometimes, our motives aren’t so good and the words “I’m jealous!” tell the truth more than we realize. Looking at what others’ have compared to what we have, we become less content and more restless. Envy lurks within.

“Is Facebook envy making you miserable?” discusses the connection between Facebook and envy.
Michelle Van Loon offers a reflective self-diagnosis on the dangers (and losses) of housing envy at Her.meneutics.
And GroundWork media continues their series with an episode on Envy.

If not envy, then what? How about contentment and simplicity?
Donald Miller offers some thoughts on the downsized life at Storyline.
And here’s a blog list of sites to introduce, encourage and resource simple living.

This post is for adults and families and provides insights, stories and ideas that relate to envy, contentment, and simplicity.

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Christmas is coming…

…and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Or is there?

This will be the only post for 2012 about Christmas, so rejoice and be glad!

Here’s a good reminder about what does– and doesn’t– bring actual joy by Tim Challies.

Tired of the Hallmark and Lifetime Channel’s Christmas movies? Try out some of these recommended films. The list is a couple of years old- have any other films made the cut since then?

Looking for a challenge this season? How about giving back with The High Calling’s Advent Challenge?

And here’s a real bonus: Simple Christmas resources galore from Becoming Minimalist.

This post gives ideas for families and adults for Christmas and advent. These resources encourage service, giving, reflection, building relationships and responsible movie watching.

Photo by tackyshack. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.