Topic: That we rejoice with those who rejoice
Romans 12:15a–Rejoice with those who rejoice . . .
Tenderize us. This business of writing can be so egocentric. Especially when it seems our careers are going nowhere and others, who perhaps started after us, are whizzing down the highway of success. Not only do we fight the demons from without, but the demons from within our spirit will drag us to self-centered thinking. So it is when others are recognized or seem to excel, become published before we do, or even sell more books than we do, our hearts immediately want to say, “Why can’t I do that?”
It takes your Spirit to cleanse us from this wrong attitude.
Help us, Lord, not to be jealous when your grace shines on others, when clouds seem over our own heads. Help us remember that you love us as much and want as many good things for us. More importantly, let us rejoice for the spreading of your Kingdom. That you have used this author’s gift to reach those in need of your message of love.
Help us, then, to rejoice with those who rejoice.