November 9

Written by Bill Grandi on November 9th, 2020

I read today’s devotion in Our Daily Bread and it was a really cool story of the author’s two grandchildren. They tried out for a play called Alice in Wonderland, Jr. and were set on getting the roles for two main leads. Instead they were chosen as flowers. Flowers! And you would expect them to be bummed…upset…jealous. But they were just the opposite. They were excited for their friends who got the leading roles. Their mother reported, “Their joy seemed greater cheering for their friends and sharing in their excitement.”

I thought about that. The Bible says, “Weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.” Sadly, way too many in the church “Weep with those who rejoice and rejoice with those who weep.”  Pastors, for example, have difficulty celebrating another pastor’s growing church. It is way too easy to be jealous and bemoan the fact the “my church isn’t growing like his.” That’s only one example.

Maybe it’s time you and I began to truly practice what these young girls exhibited: full-fledged joy at another person’s good fortune. Instead of competition, maybe we  ought to try teamwork and support.  While some bloggers seem to thrive and have countless readers, and others (like me) who struggle to get one or two, it is important for me to cheer them on (providing they are giving Scriptural truth). Jealous competition is so ugly.

“Father, help me not to get jealous or competitive, but to truly rejoice with others who excel at the same thing as me. Only then will Your church be seen as a healthy body.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. This is such an important topic, Bill. Thank you for addressing it. As the years go by in my walk with The LORD, I see less and less of this verse being lived out. It so saddens me about The Body of Christ. So thank you for addressing it.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I see the same things as you do Diane. It does concern me. I’m ashamed that I was part of the problem I describe years ago. I pray I am now part of the solution.

  2. Such an inspiring story you have shared here, Bill. May we all rejoice in the good fortunes of others, and empathize/mourn with those who are grieving.