A story is told of a little snail that lived by the ocean noticed with envy the big, beautiful shell in which the lobster lived. “What a grand palace the lobster carries on his back! I wish I lived in his place,” whined the little snail. “Oh, wouldn’t my friends admire me in that shell!” In time a wonderful thing occurred. The watching, envious snail beheld the lobster walk right out of his shell to grow up in another, larger one. When the empty lobster shell lay neglected on the beach the snail said, “Now I shall have my wish.” And he boasted to all his friends that he was going to take up residence in a grand palace.
The birds and the animals then watched the snail pull himself loose from his own little shell and proudly crawl into the towering lobster shell. He huffed, puffed, blew, and gasped in an effort to make himself fit. But with all his efforts he felt very small inside the grand lobster shell. He grew tired, too. That night he died because the large, empty shell was so cold. A wise old crow then said to the younger crows, “You see! That’s what comes of envy. What you have is enough. Be yourself and save yourself from a lot of trouble.
21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 2:1-3
1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,
2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.