Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (Romans 12:15, NIV)
I’ve become better at vicarious joy – being truly uplifted by the good news in the lives of others, regardless of what is going on in mine.
I’ve made a lot of progress in this area, but I still have some way to go. Some days I have the most awesome news and I want to share it with everybody, but I have to restrain myself sometimes because some of my friends/family may be going through something, so I have to be sensitive. There was a time when I would have interpreted people not rejoicing with me due to their having tough situations as being non-supportive. Hooray for maturity