When you are scrolling through your social media, where do you stop? On a Cute Kitten post or a Political Ad? Or maybe a friend is bragging about their child? If it’s your friend’s post, do you click on “LIKE” or do you roll your eyes? How many times have you thought to leave a comment?
This post is to inform you of what other people could be thinking. I know we say to ourselves, “If she posts just one more thing about her child, I’m gonna…” Well, people are enthusiastic about what they accomplish or what their child achieves. Yes, you would call it arrogance, but they may see it as rejoicing and want to share it with others.
Now, I agree posting something about Sallymae losing a tooth might not be a big deal, but if she books a television series or obtains the honor roll, you have to agree that it’s exciting to celebrate!!! We all want to share with others when our child does something great, right? Having an egotistical or envious behavior is wrong. It wouldn’t hurt to say “Congratulations” or “That’s Awesome”? Why not applaud others’ triumph with them? Rest assured, when it’s your turn; others may celebrate with you.
Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, for not looking to your interests but each of you to the interests of others”.
Matthew 7:12, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Remember, our children watch and listen to how we respond to others. Instead of displaying negative behavior, we should teach them how to celebrate one another by offering appreciation and encouraging comments.
Always teach your child to be HAPPY for others when they do well. In doing so, they could learn to “Pay It Forward.”
Furthermore, the next time you hear or see someone accomplishing a new goal, publishing a new book, obtaining a new job, or landing an acting role, be sure to let him or her know that you recognize what they have accomplished. Leave a positive comment, and I promise you, it won’t hurt you, not one bit.
Don’t Hate… Celebrate!