You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Past vogue fashions used corsets bound to women’s upper bodies to create the illusion of physical perfection.
Whalebone corsets often resulted in wearers fainting and feeling dizzy. The discomfort involved led to a shift in outlook, and the same can be true for pain today caused by the practice of coveting.
When we envy, or covet, what someone else has, we bind our minds to false impressions of what will bring us contentment.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we too had a sleek convertible? Why do our neighbors get new furniture when we have to make do with Auntie Alice’s floral sofa that sags in the middle? How come that co-worker got the promotion instead of us? If only we had…
This tightening of our hearts as we yearn for another’s property or prestige constricts our ability to enjoy the blessings that God already has bestowed. Each temptation to covet binds, and blinds, us from seeing the many gifts that God has put in our hands.
Did you get a hug today? Or see the sun shine?
Have you spent as much time today thanking God for the good things he’s already given as you do longing for something more?
(Corset image courtesy of VintageFeedsack)