Rejoice With Those Who Rejoice


In today’s blog, I would like to take a look at one bible verse and put some application to it.

Romans 12:15 (NIV)

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

I always thought that this was a simple verse.  Be happy when others are happy and sad when others are sad.  I get it.  Not tough.  Move on with life.

But I found that I was wrong.  While I’m somewhat OK at doing the second part, I’m finding that I’m not so great at doing the first part, rejoicing with those who rejoice.

Rejoice with your friend who got the job you wanted.

Rejoice with all those send you wedding invitations when you mark “1” on the RSVP card.

Rejoice with coworkers getting promoted over you.

Rejoice with those moving to bigger houses and buying better cars.

Rejoice with family members having baby after baby when you are struggling to get pregnant.

Rejoice with those living their dreams.

Rejoice with those rejoicing because they’ve been given the very thing you’ve been hoping, praying, begging, and pleading God to give you in your life. 

Let’s get real here for a moment.  Rejoicing with those who rejoice is a hard thing to do.

In men’s group one time, I heard a man say he taught his children this lesson by being deliberately unfair with what he gave them.  All his children (he had many) were loved and punished fairly, but he would not be “fair” in his gift giving.  For example, when he went on business trips, he might only bring back a gift for one of his children.  When he would get home, he gathered them all together and said, “Everyone, look!  I bought Suzy a doll to add to her collection!  Aren’t you all so happy Suzy got a doll?”

This sounds crazy doesn’t it?  Stick with me here though.  It might not be a crazy as it seems.

Somehow this seemed to work.  He told of a time when he was in the car with Son #2 and got a call inviting Son #1 and himself to a ball game.  he told Son #2, “Guess what?  That was a call from Coach.  He wants to invite Son #1 and me to the game tonight.”  Son #2 responded not by saying, “Why can’t I go?,” but by asking if he could personally call Son #1 to tell him the good news.

I want to be like that.  I want to be so thrilled when God gives gifts to others, that I don’t even think about being left out.  I think perhaps joy is the opposite of jealousy.  If you’re truly rejoicing with those who rejoice, maybe you don’t have time to remember they have something you don’t.  Joy is a selfless thing.

I want to genuinely rejoice with those who rejoice, even if I feel more like mourning.  As I find myself surrounded more and more by those who rejoice: Let me rejoice God.  Let me rejoice with those rejoicing. 

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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