Rejoice with others
When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. Luke 1:58
Today’s world has changed into quite a different culture from even just 100 years ago. With technology, life has progressed to a rate of speed that no one could have imagined back then. Still, we attempt to stay in touch with one another, and even though it is easier than ever, we sometimes fill our schedule so full there is no time to invest in real relationships . We have social media so we can let the whole world know when there is news and receive their responses good or bad, but the most important thing is the people you spend real time with and those who truly care about cheering you on in life.
When Elizabeth gave birth, her neighbors and relatives rejoiced with her. They could not do this from far away. They came to her in person and encouraged her and shared in her joy. There was true connection and relationship. She spent time with these people and probably worked beside them day by day. These were people she did life with. I’m sure they were surprised when Elizabeth announced that she was going to have a baby, but then they showed up when her joy became full. They surrounded her with love and kindness and made her time of rejoicing even greater!
So, who is showing up for you? Who celebrates with you when God does a wonderful work in your life. Who is surrounding you with encouragement and joy when your miracles come? More importantly, who is coming along side you as you go through the valleys and who is cheering you on in times of trouble? Social media can only go so far. Probably half of your “friends” are acquaintances at best and I would not be surprised at the number of “friends” you have that you do not even know personally. Still when something is posted, you check often for comments and hearts to see who is rejoicing with you. A clear sign of your need for encouragement.
Today I want to encourage you to consider who rejoices with you for real. If I am honest, I have a hand full of close relationships at the most. I too fit into that category of keeping to myself and not overly concerned with close relationships, content to watch the rest of the world share their ups and downs. My challenge for myself as well as for you today would be to begin to cultivate relationship that can grow into close knit friendships. Not only for yourself, but also for other people. Then you can be the kind of friend that gathers around to rejoice with others when they are celebrating their victories. Take steps today to reach out to neighbors, coworkers and relative to form relationships that will grow into true lifetime friends.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 1:57-66
57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son.
58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.
59 So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias.
60 His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.”
61But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.”
62 So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled.
64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God.
65 Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea.
66 And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him.