Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 12 - Live it!

(This is part of a 31 day writing challenge, to write on the same topic for everyday in October, called Joy in the Journey. To read others in this series, click here. )

         It is one thing to talk about Joy in the Journey, but another thing to live it out. On Day 10 I talked about Tommy Newberry’s book, the 4:8 Principle. He must have realized it is hard to live out joy also, so he wrote a companion book a few years later called 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life. He takes the principles from the first book based on Philippians 4:8 

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise-worthy, meditate on these things.

         The second book is broken into 40 short, applicable sections. Each day he writes about a principle, then asks some application questions and has the reader apply it to their lives. It is a useful tool if you are struggling with finding joy.
         On Day 29 called Way to Go! he writes about the joy of other people’s success. An important part of having joy is being able to be happy for others. He says we can have success without it interfering with other people’s goals or dreams and others can succeed without it hindering us. In fact, hearing about other people’s success can inspire us to go for our own goals. In this section he says:

“If you’d be proud of your son or daughter for accomplishing some feat, celebrate anyone else who does something similar.”

“Work to become genuinely happy for others when they succeed, 
get promoted, or win the top prize.”

“If you are secure in God’s love, you know that he has a plan for you, and you are not threatened by others’ talents or successes. Applaud what God is doing through others because whatever he accomplished in their lives, he can accomplish in yours also.”

“When you see someone get the promotion that you wanted, it can be a real bummer. Difficult as it is, thank God for the other person’s success.”

“One of the best things we can do to overcome envy or jealousy is to pray for others to be blessed in the way we desire to be blessed. It’s the ultimate application of the Golden Rule.”

Being genuinely happy for other people when they succeed is a habit that might take practice. It starts with kids on any type of team when the coaches make the kids shake hands with the other team and say the obligatory “Good game.” Win or lose it is important to teach kids to be good sports and be okay with not winning. Hopefully, this simple ritual transitions to being happy for others as we become adults.

God loves all of us equally and there is plenty of room at the table for everyone to step up and eat at the table of success. We want to cheer on what God is doing in other people’s lives, because what He accomplishes through them, He can accomplish through us.

A wonderful byproduct of being happy for others is that it increases our joy as well.

“When others are happy, be happy with them. 
If they are sad, share their sorrow.”
 Romans 12:15



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