Happy Elevated Friday! Today we highlight a story of impromptu celebration that warmed the hearts of those who received it. Caren and Dustin Moore recently adopted an 8 day old baby girl in Colorado. In order to get home though, they had to fly back to California. During the flight, as one would expect, their new daughter was not exactly quiet. The flight attendants asked the new parents why they chose to fly with a baby so young, and upon learning why, got on the PA system. They passed out pens and napkins to every person onboard and asked them to congratulate the new parents and offer them any advice/congratulations they wished on the napkins. The messages they received were overwhelming. The people onboard were so happy for their blessing and brought such joy to the new parents when they were feeling very anxious, scared, and apologetic for how loud their child was being. That impromptu celebration was a true blessing to the new parents.
When we see others being blessed and not ourselves, it can bring up some feelings of envy. Those feelings of envy can be even more powerful when those others are close to us. We ask, “Why isn’t God blessing me as He is those close to me?” God blesses each of us in His own time, not ours. He also does not let us be tempted past what we can withstand. The Bible says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” That way to escape the grips of envy is the celebrate others blessings as if they were your own. Celebrating others’ blessings as if they were your own is important to fostering the kind of Godly relationships that will bless us in the future. Today, if you are holding envy in your heart, let it go and celebrate with those who are being blessed.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” — 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV