“If some have cause to celebrate, join in the celebration. And if others are weeping, join in that as well.” Romans 12:15 TV
I spent most of my life as a single guy and noticed there was nothing I desired more than to be able to have someone with me to share in my celebrations. It’s sad to say I have spent several of my birthdays by myself. I have also traveled by myself to some of the most breathtaking places, on trips that others would envy, but they weren’t as sweet without someone to share them with. Being quite famililar with being solo, I think I speak from firsthand experience saying that it is critical that we share in others’ joy. The easy thing is to stay at home and be selfish with your time, but celebrate with them, rejoice with them, laugh with them, show up. I also realize that sometimes celebrating others’ successes is not easy, especially when you feel you are not succeeding, but it’s important for us to do so.
Similarly, at the other extreme of human emotion, there is nothing more powerful than for someone to enter into your sorrow with you. It’s not an easy thing to do. In fact, it can be completely exhausting and suck the life out of you; howevever, when you are fully relying on the Lord, you will have the strength to endure someone’s hard times. I remember when I lost my father, I had friends drive hundreds of miles to be with me at his funeral. I will never forget that.That is what our faith is for: to give our strength to others when they are weak.
Take a minute with the Lord asking Him to help you be more generous with your time celebrating and mourning with your brothers and sisters in Christ.