Something to think about with Rev. Ian McLachlan: Dealing with not so good times

It is a great feeling when things go well for us. When we apply for a job and are successful.

When we invite friends for dinner and they really enjoy the food that we have prepared. When we spend a lot of time in our gardens and we are rewarded with lots of beautiful flowers and lots of tasty vegetables.

When we make a number of plans and they all work out. But do we feel equally as good when things go well for family members and friends?

Are we someone who is able to be happy not just when we are successful but when other people are successful too – especially when these other people are well known to us.

If supposing one of your friends or family members won a lot of money would you be delighted for them or would you secretly rather resent the fact that they had won and you had not – especially if you had both been competing for the same prize money?

Of course if we cannot be happy for them then we are exhibiting jealousy which causes so many of the problems we have in the world today.

God has given us all talents and abilities.

We all have strengths and weaknesses.

We will all have good things in our lives and not so good things. Even the most seemingly successful people – in the eyes of the world – can have their sad times too.

What is important is how we deal with the not so good times.

It is great if we are able to celebrate other people’s successes and refuse to cast envious glances at them when they are happy.

True happiness for us often comes about when we are prepared to celebrate other people’s happiness with them.