Vicarious Joy.

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (Romans 12:15, NIV)

I’ve become better at vicarious joy – being truly uplifted by the good news in the lives of others, regardless of what is going on in mine.

I’ve made a lot of progress in this area, but I still have some way to go. Some days I have the most awesome news and I want to share it with everybody, but I have to restrain myself sometimes because some of my friends/family may be going through something, so I have to be sensitive. There was a time when I would have interpreted people not rejoicing with me due to their having tough situations as being non-supportive. Hooray for maturity 🙂


4 thoughts on “Vicarious Joy.

  1. Really? When I’m down I WANT you to share your good stuff. I actually feel like you don’t share enough (in comparison to how much I share with you). I always feel like I’m sharing (good, bad, and indifferent) and you’re not. I can’t figure out if you just don’t have anything or just don’t wanna share it. Hmmm…I like the concept but if you’re talking to me I wanna hear it all no matter what I’ve got going on. Waiting til I’m in a good mood to hear your good news makes me feel selfish and like a bad friend.

  2. Thank you, but I’ve known some other people who have had setbacks and sometimes it is ok to share good stuff, but sometimes I’ve needed to be there for them in the midst of what they were going through.

  3. TJ, I agree that if you have joy in your life you should share it with those who are struggling. It gives them hope. It doesn’t have to be bragging, but you can empathize with their situation, give them some encouraging words and then share you joy. It is up to the receiving person as to whether or not they have an issue with your happiness. Means they have work to do within themselves and they don’t discover that without having you be the teacher. Just my thoughts and experience. Joy is meant to be shared!

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