Wanting What You Have

Wendy Pope

Day: 4 | Plan: John

Today's Reading: John 3

John 3:30 (NIV) "He must become greater; I must become less."

John the Baptist was not just Jesus' cousin; his sole purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus. John's charisma pulled people to him like a magnet. His message of repentance of sin led to the baptism of many. John enjoyed success in his calling, yet when Jesus began His ministry, John only wanted success for Jesus. John never demonstrated envy or jealousy. In fact John said, "That joy is mine, and it is now complete." (John 3:29b)

Celebrating the success of others isn't easy. I've been there, working longer than my contemporaries only to see them enjoy certain successes before and beyond me. Unfortunately, my response was more like that of a two-year-old than John the Baptist. Oh to be able to genuinely be thrilled for another's success!

God has taught me something during my two-year-old tantrums. Contentment is the key to experiencing success. When we push through our feelings of envy and jealousy and embrace our mission, we experience God's pleasure. God's pleasure in us is success. Knowing we have brought joy to our heavenly Father will enable us to be filled with joy as others around us enjoy success.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for judging my success by that of others. Help me be content in my calling so that I might authentically celebrate the success of others. In Jesus' name, amen.

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