As I was driving home today from a non-exercise session because it was raining, I was questioning some things in life and suddenly this message rang clearly in my head; Thou Shall Not Covet. I think I was feeling covetous about a particular situation then and it was troubling me. No, I’m not going to get all Biblical on you although I am a proud Christian. The full scripture is “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor” taken from Exodus 20:17.
People sometimes take the 10 commandments as these stringent laws imposed by this fierce being called God. Like I said, I won’t get all biblical on you however I just take it as guidelines to follow. Like traffic lights, we follow them otherwise there will be havoc and accidents. Have you been to a country that does not follow the road rules? If so, then you will know what I mean.
Anyway, haven’t we all been a little covetous? A man that is obviously not good for you but yet you think you might be able to change him just because he isn’t “yours.” You know for a fact that it won’t work because he really isn’t good enough for you and you’re really not interested but he just seems a bit more appealing because he’s not yours. A married man who will be much more happier with you because his wife doesn’t “understand” him. After all, he told you so.
A project that you didn’t get and you wonder why the other party got it instead. The green-eyed monster just comes creeping out. Consider it fortunate if you can’t get your forbidden fruit because in your heart of hearts, you know where it’s heading. I believe this point was brought back having lived life for a while now to see how the forbidden fruit may taste so sweet initially only to turn very sour as the days go by. Call it karma if you want. Blame it on Eve, it just looks more appealing when you can’t have it.