Cheering from the sidelines of life

Sometimes it’s hard to be the better person.
Such as when a friend sports a brand-new car and you’re driving one with over 200,489 miles on it (I just looked) and the windows in the front won’t go down.
Or when another friend gets a three-book contract and you’re waiting . . . still . . . just waiting . . . .
Or when someone sports their kid’s straight A report card on social media, and your kid has failed his math test . . . again.
Comparison can be a killer.
When the Israelites are finally ready to enter the Promised Land under Joshua’s lead, how does Moses react? Does he whine and complain and pick on Joshua?
Nope. He blesses them–each tribe.
And we feel a little sorry for the guy. He was the one who had to put up with the Israelites’ moanings and groanings over the prior forty years. He solved the problems. He went to God on the mountain–twice. He took the heat.
But he wasn’t the man. Joshua was.
Sometimes we aren’t the chosen one. And yet we can still celebrate with the one who is. We can genuinely congratulate that person and be happy for him or her. We can offer our own blessing.
Because, ultimately, the prize is that we have a relationship with the God of the universe, and we can trust him for the outcomes of our lives.
Janet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event. 
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