Do you like new things? New babies (a-w-w-w), new clothes, a new car, a new job, or a new start. All cradle the sense of a new beginning, another chance. Unless you are an antique dealer you probably like something new. New signifies freshness, unspoiled, unused by another, not tainted, innovative, bright. New things grant the possessor hope, expectation, joy, confidence, a sense of completion (if only momentary), and power (if only illusory). New is good for us, if not always advisable. New always costs more than we think it does.

So when you find yourself jealous of someone else who has something new, and you don’t…, give it up. Whatever they have that is new, that you do not have, is good for them; it may not necessarily be good for you. Instead rejoice with them! Celebrate the new baby, the new job, the new car, whatever it is!  [I know that surreptitiously, underneath the celebration, you secretly still wish it was you possessing the new_____.  But…, really, are you that covetous, that greedy, that envious, that you cannot let it go; that you cannot genuinely join in their merriment, their elation!?!]  It is part of life’s enjoyment to rejoice with other people in their joys. Joy, joy, joy, joy!

Even the Lord God of the Creator has said “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15:11, Bible). If the Lord of the Universe wants to give us His joy so that our joy may be made full, shouldn’t we be able to join in the joy of someone else’s new ______?


Have a nice week,


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