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Integrity Moments - Nov. 2, 2011



Envy and Evil
By: Rick Boxx
November 2, 2011

As the primary lender at a branch bank, my ambition was to be the next branch manager when the opportunity arose. So I was excited when my boss transferred to a different department and recommended me for branch manager.

My excitement turned to disappointment and envy when someone else was appointed and I had to work for him. My selfish ambition and envy began crowding out my desire to do my best for my new boss. I’m sure I undermined his authority at times and caused confusion.

In reflection, I regret that I didn’t understand the wisdom in James 3:16, “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

If you get snubbed at work, follow James’ wise advice, not my poor example. 

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Originally published November 02, 2011.