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Sharing the Joy
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We all have things that excite us, that thrill us when we talk about them. For me it’s classical music and the violin. I love to dialogue with people about different violinists and their interpretation of a piece of music, or various conductors and their style of conducting. I find great pleasure in making music with likeminded musicians, causing a concert hall or church to ring with the rich strains. Whenever I have one of those opportunities I feel inspired and exhilarated.

But not everyone has the same passion. Some people like to talk about golfing; others, antique books. Some find their fulfillment in baking a cake, while still others enjoy changing the oil in a car. Where ever you go, the world over, people are different and have a wide variety of interests.

Every day you will run into someone, whether a sibling, coworker, or the teller at the bank, that is made up entirely different than you. The fact that we’re all diverse, means that we all have different things that excite us. This truth brings out a very practical lesson that we all would do well to learn. When we reach out to others and take joy in their interests, we will find our greatest joy.

Take Interest

What does that look like on a practical level? Well, if you are a brother/sister, take time to ask a sibling about their latest hobby, or play their favorite game with them. If you are married, take interest in your spouse’s latest endeavor. If you’re a college student, be enthusiastic about the subject of your roommate’s term paper, whether you know much about it or not.

The golden rule, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”, takes on a new level of meaning when we look at it this way. It goes beyond kind words and smiles. It’s getting excited with others about what excites them, loving what they love, and energetically doing with them what they find pleasurable.

When it comes down to it, our truest happiness in life comes from unselfishly giving of ourselves to others. If we genuinely enjoy the life of another along with them, we will be happy ourselves.

Even though I personally get pumped about classical music opinions and the latest piece of music I’ve listened to, I’ve found the deepest and most authentic happiness in genuinely taking delight in the joys of others. In Luke 6:38 it says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

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By Brenna Rittenour. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelinesScripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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