Who is the happiest of men?
He who values the merits of others,
and in their pleasure takes joy,
even as though t’were his own.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It warms me to remember that there is no competition between God’s children. All of us are special in our own unique God-created way, and one individual’s reflection of God is just as valued, needed and worthy as another’s.
So, when we see another excel, it’s not a reason to cringe and compare, but a call to rejoice and celebrate. They are demonstrating a talent God gave them to express.
It’s not a mark against us for another to excel, even if we are not accomplished in the same way. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge and express gratitude for what God has empowered them to do.
The easier it is for us to find merit in others, the easier it will be for others to find merit in us. And that makes everyone happier.