Bury your sorrows in active service — contributing to other people’s joy.
From Streams in the Desert.
Love does not envy…it rejoices with the truth.
I Corinthians 13:4b, 6 (NIV)
To be honest, when I’m struggling on any level, ’service to others’ isn’t a mantra that rises to the top and dominates my thoughts.
When the truth is that others have expendable income and can take trips I’d love to take, envy pokes at embers of discontent. Again, not pondering fun ideas to bring a smile to another.
When the truth is that others have what I wanted or think I deserve, envy does its “Garden of Eden’ routine and begins to lie about God’s immeasurable goodness. Not at all thinking about how I might fill someone else’s joy tank when I’ve let mine run dry.
Buried beneath a heap of concerns, my spiritual vision becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see the needs around me and to rejoice in the truth.
Love does not envy…it rejoices with the truth. I Corinthians 13:6
Contributing to other people’s joy – no matter the state of my own affairs — has looked like anything from the gift of a genuine, eye contact smile for the frazzled cashier ringing up my stuff or a mission trip to another country to wash dirty feet in the name of Jesus.
Contributing to other people’s joy is a holy directive that amasses great return on the investment.
Time well spent, as the familiar saying goes.
It’s wise for me to also remember this truth: God is able to do (and does) immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20.
Who needs you to bury your sorrows, squash envy, and remember the truth of God’s goodness and love so you can make a joyful contribution today?