Day 2: Joy in Others

Scripture: Luke 1:57-58

“57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.”

Celebrating in the joy of others is what God wants us to do! We should always be happy for what others accomplish! When we are joyful for others, they will be joyful for us too! 

Joy is contagious. When people are around people who are rejoicing they also want to be a part of the party! Joyful people make others joyful because they look for the good going on all around them.

Imagine that you are playing baseball and you just hit the winning home run! Your entire team is so excited, they grab you excitedly to hug you, high fives are flying around you and everyone is jumping and cheering with so much JOY! I bet you feel on top of the world in that moment, the excitement of winning!

Maybe you’re not an athletic person, let’s imagine that you are an awesome singer. You are asked to sing the national anthem for the entire school and you nailed it! Afterwards, kids are coming up to you right and left to congratulate you on how well you sang. I bet you are feeling pretty awesome, right?!

In these situations, the teammates and other students are sharing in your joy! This is what Elizabeth’s neighbors and relatives did when she gave birth to her baby, John. Today, a way that we celebrate a baby is through a baby shower. A baby shower is like a birthday party for the baby before the baby is born. People usually bring gifts for the baby, come to eat food and play games, it is a joyful celebration!

Jealousy is the thief of joy, and it is also contagious. Sometimes takes one hateful comment from a person full of jealousy to rain on another person’s joy.  Jealous people often try to make joyful people feel foolish in their celebrations. Do you bring joy or jealousy to others celebrations?  Is your heart happy for others blessings, or angry because they aren’t your own good fortune?

God wants us to share rejoice and share in the joy of others, in the Bible Romans 12:15 says; “15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Take some time this Christmas season, to let someone know how truly happy you are for them, celebrate with them and you just might find that like the Grinch in Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, you’ll feel your heart grow three sizes that day!

Prayer: God help me to share in the joy of others. Please remove any negative feelings of jealousy in my heart that might prevent me from celebrating in the joy of others. Let me see the joy in all situations so that I may glorify you. In Jesus name. Amen.

Activity: Look at the letters of the word joy. Did you know they can be an acronym?  J- Jesus, O-others, Y-yourself. Tonight talk about the things in your life that you think are bringing joy to Jesus and others, and also talk about how Jesus and others have brought you joy!

Challenge: Sometimes we can feel jealousy towards others when they accomplish something. We might have these feelings in our hearts, if you are feeling this way towards others spend some time talking about this with a parent or caregiver this week.