August 24

Written by Bill Grandi on August 24th, 2023

Can we all go on record as saying it is hard not to be jealous?  If we are honest, it is a constant battle many fight. To make it even worse is that we often have to sit by and watch those who do wrong, or those who do it the wrong way, get ahead. The words which come out of our mouth are often the very same words we hear from our kids: “It’s not fair!” And we say then? “Life isn’t fair so get over it.”

I thought of that when I read Proverbs 24:19-20 this morning: “Do not get upset because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked; for there will be no future for the evil person; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.” (NASB2020)

When it comes to jealousy; when it comes to “life isn’t fair,” these verses tell us “Yep, it’s true, but don’t get bent out of shape over the seeming unfairness of it all. Life has an end, and in the end, the  wicked will be the loser.”

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.” (NASB2020)

Case closed. Jealousy for more isn’t worth it, especially when it is toward someone who is evil. Choose a life of integrity and a good name. That legacy will be one worth remembering.


As chaplain for the Owen County Sheriff’s Department I have what is called an intervention this morning. Several of our front line workers responded to a suicide on Tuesday. An intervention gives them an opportunity to express how they feel, the emotions they are working through, and what (if any) nightmares they might be having. I work alongside one of the trained facilitators.  I would appreciate your prayers as I go through this with them. Following that, Jo and I will be heading to Ohio to celebrate Janna’s birthday, visit Jo’s sister in the nursing home in Sandusky, and to watch our grandson play football Friday night. I will approve and answer any comments when I am able. But I do covet your prayers for a safe trip.


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Pam says:

    Prayers coming your way frontier Pennsylvania!

  2. gail says:

    So sorry to hear about the suicide, prayers for everyone who is dealing with this, praying for the family, friends, first responders, you anyone who was impacted by this sad event.
    Praying for safe travels for you and Jo, and a great family time together.
    Jealousy it’s easy to go there at times but it is like so many sinful thoughts, once you are there, it was not worth the time spent there.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks for the prayers Gail. The travel prayers were answered. And yes, jealousy is easy to go there but not worth the time.

  3. You most definitely have my prayers, Bill. Safe travels and enjoy every moment with family!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Martha. We did and even go to see Braden play a good football game, which included an interception.

  4. Linda Stoll says:

    May God strengthen you and give you joy as you minister, travel, and connect with those around you, Bill.

  5. Cheryl says:

    I trust your trip was wonderful and safe, Pastor Bill. Sandusky sounds so familiar. I think I may have been there, at some point. I was born in Dayton, OH.