When Ray Fisman landed his first job after college, it was for a salary greater than all the money he had earned in his life up to that point. According to his own testimony, He was content, until the moment he discovered how much more other people just like him were earning. Then he said, “my monthly paychecks began eating away at my soul.”
--The Week, October 15, 2010, p. 48 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
This is the essence of coveting. We cannot be happy with what we have when we want what someone else has. Not only do we break the 10th commandment, (Exodus 20:17) we negate one of the biggest advantages of godliness.
1 Timothy 6:6 (NASB77) “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.”