Celebrating the good times of others …

This might sound shocking, but not everything that occurs in 2013 will be all about you.

It’s true!

Others will be blessed, others will have great moments of joy, others will have successes, others will achieve notable accomplishments, others will be happy.

That’s a good thing!

Your life will be immensely richer if you learn to be blessed by others being blessed. We often do a reasonable job of applying the second half of Romans 12:15, but we’re not as good at living out the first part of this passage:

“Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep,” Romans 12:15.

Do you rejoice in the blessings of others, or are you more like Sister Hissyfit?

A pastor helped arrange for a gathering of the women’s ministry. It was to be a garden party on the church lawn, under the shade of a grand old oak tree. At the last moment, the morning of the party, Mrs. Preacher discovered she left Sister Hissyfit off the invitation list.

The pastor called the dear sister and begged forgiveness. “I’m so sorry we didn’t catch this sooner, Mrs. Hissyfit, won’t you please come to the garden party?” pleaded the pastor.

“Beggin’ won’t help now, Preacher,” said the offended Mrs. H., “I’ve already prayed for rain!”

When others are enjoying life, do you share their joy? Or are you busy praying for rain? The answer to that question will greatly impact the quality of your life in the New Year.