When our friends get that house contract, dream job, ideal adoption, book deal, dream vacation, or award for their children, what if we celebrate instead of compare?
Comparison and jealousy suffocate us with bitterness and inadequacy. But celebrating others leads to Life. Joy. Peace. Authenticity.
Everyone feels that tinge of jealousy. Everyone. But, do we sulk or celebrate? It’s a choice.
When our children witness this kind of love, they will be quicker to celebrate their friends instead of comparing to them.
LET’S CELEBRATE EACH OTHER: Share this post with a friend who you want to celebrate one of their recent accomplishments with or simply because you’re grateful for who they are.
When Mary hurried to Elizabeth’s house to share that she was pregnant with Jesus, Elizabeth celebrated and said, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45)
When Elizabeth had John, a son who would be “great in the sight of the Lord”, her neighbors and relatives SHARED IN HER JOY. (Luke 1:58)
Let’s fill our hearts with Scripture and the unbridled, selfless love of Jesus so when our friends succeed, we will be the first ones to celebrate with them…
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking…Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”1 Corinthians 13:4, 7