Friday, July 18, 2014

The Red Convertible

It was one sweet ride!

The red convertible pulled up beside me at the four way stop light a couple of days ago.  The top was down.  The engine was sounding mighty fine.  The stereo was cranking out good tunes.  I looked at the cool, shade-wearing driver and thought, "Man, life is treating you right!"

How should we respond to people like the red convertible guy who seem to have things going their way?

(1). Be happy for them.  It's a healthy practice to congratulate others when things go smoothly for them.  A loving heart wants what is best for other people.  Also, celebrating successes and victories that others experience will help our attitude stay positive and our hearts stay free from jealousy.

(2). Be thankful for the blessings you already have.  Sure, good things happen to other people.  But if you look closely enough at your own life, you too have gifts from God that you can enjoy and celebrate.  If you have a family or a friend, you're blessed.  If you can get out of bed and walk on your own two feet, you're blessed.  If you are saved by the grace of God, you're blessed.  So count your blessings and rejoice in them.

I'm happy for the red convertible guy.  That's a cool car.  And I hope he enjoys it for years to come.

But I'm also happy about the good things God is doing in my own life in different ways.  His grace and love are blessings that will never wear out or shut down.  Yep, God is good and I am grateful.

Let's be happy for others.  And let's be thankful for what we have.  Life is too short to live any other way.

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