Meditation for Perfectionists – Saturday April 21, 2018
Celebrating Another’s Joy
John 9:1-34: “Then they hurled insults at him… The man answered, ‘Now this is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.” (vv.28 and 30).
Some of us have a hard time rejoicing when good, useful or profitable things happen to someone else. We are similar to the church leaders of Jesus’ day. When Jesus healed a man who had been blind all his life, the man was happy with his new-found sight, but the church leaders were not. Instead of accepting the good, they changed the subject and tried to find an issue to complain about. They were angry with Jesus for doing the beneficial deed.
Sometimes we who want to make everything right secretly believe that another’s good fortune might decrease our opportunities. However, this is not true. We do not have to think or act like these church leaders of old. We can learn to genuinely rejoice when favorable or advantageous things happen to others. God has enough “good” for all for
Lord, sometimes I think
that someone else’s benefits
will result in less for me.
This misconception causes me to feel “grabby”
and anxious inside.
Help me to relax and celebrate another’s joy.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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