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|Do They Know Us?: Rejoice and Weep|
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Thoughts for Today
Rejoice with those who rejoice . . .
"They just told me I am being promoted to that empty position!" John, your co-worker and fellow church member, excitedly reports.
How do you respond?
I wanted that position. It's just not fair. I put in more hours every week than John does, and I know I could do a better job. "Congratulations."
I'm so glad for him. I wanted the promotion myself, but I trust God's plan. "John, that's wonderful, brother! Let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help! Let's go out to dinner tonight to celebrate!"
Weep with those who weep . . .
A friend tells you about a problem she is experiencing. You are going through some problems yourself and somehow her problem seems trivial compared with yours. Are you able to set your own troubles aside for a moment to really listen to your friend? To share her pain? Or do you respond with a "That's too bad but you should hear what I'm doing through" attitude?
Consider this …
Jesus could look at the problems we bring to him as trivial. But he doesn't. His Word assures us that he cares about everything that concerns us. Why? Because he loves us. How can we do less for others?
These thoughts were drawn from …
Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ by Donald G. Miles, Ed.D. This study deals with depression, a condition common throughout the world, and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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