Theodore Roosevelt said that “Comparison is the thief of joy.” The poet, Ovid, who lived from 43 BC – 17ish AD, originally wrote, “The harvest is always richer in another man’s field,” which is the great-great-great grandparent of the proverb “The grass is always greener on the other side.”
We have saved just one verse for our final sermon series on the Ten Commandments, but it’s a doozie: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. It doesn’t seem coincidental to me that this commandment comes with a list; we surely do like to compare ourselves – to measure our lives, what we have, what we’ve accomplished, where we’ve been, how happy we are.
Join us on Sunday as we explore how this desiring of our neighbor’s happiness, belongings, career, etc. serves as an obstacle to fully embracing God, loving ourselves, being truly close to our community, all which sap our joy. And then let’s dream together about how we might break this oh-so-tempting habit for something more life giving.
- Scripture: Exodus 20:17
- Theme: Stop! In the Name of Joy
I hope you’ll come early and participate in Theology 101, at 9:45 AM. We are blessed to have Dr. Bill Brown with us on Sunday, talking about Creation Theology and the connection and rub between science and faith.
May you embrace joy this weekend whether in sunshine, friends, flowers in the garden, or giving thanks for some of the gifts God has given you.