Sometimes it is tough to put into practice, but the rewards are immeasurable.
Perhaps you see a friend or acquaintance who seems to be in such favor in all areas of their life. When you are waiting for a dream to come true in your own life and it doesn't seem to be materializing, you have a couple of choices to make.
Will I sink down into despair, depression, or just, "Why can't that happen in my life?" blues. All of which I've done, by the way.
Or you can take the high road, even if you don't feel like it. You won't always feel like it, believe me. But you can do it anyway.
As you make the move to celebrate someone else's good fortune, it becomes second nature. You don't even think much about it anymore. Before you know it, you really FEEL like you are happy for them because...you are!!
Practice makes perfect.
I love celebrations. I love special times. In this way, I can have special celebrations every day of my life!
Do I ever still struggle? Oh yes, I do. But those times don't occur as often. For example, our daughter has cerebral palsy. I've mentioned before that when I've seen other girls her age reaching milestones such as driving, proms, college, traveling...it hurts. It deeply hurts my heart. I need God's grace during those rough times. I feel like I lose ground a bit, but then make peace with these things again and move forward. It doesn't happen in an afternoon. It may take me a day or two or three to grieve again and go on. But it is possible to do.
In regards to blogging, I blog when I can and when I feel the Lord lay something on my heart. Other bloggers I follow each day, have so much fresh and good material. But it just doesn't bother me. I love those girls and celebrate them. I am genuinely happy for them. I just know that I am doing what I can as I am led and that is okay.
Hopefully, this will all encourage someone today. I think we all can struggle in this area. It's okay to admit that and ask the Lord to help you turn this around. Wouldn't you rather be happy for someone else?
It's a much better way to live our life:) If you fail as you take those first tentative steps to try this out, start over. Before you know it, it will become second nature.
It is really fun to celebrate someone else.
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
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