The story goes something like this:
On a certain day, a certain well-known actress came in to eat where this young man was waiting tables and on his birthday decided to leave him a mega-huge tip. Apparently, over the years this famous actress got to know this waiter, took a liking to him and wanted to do something nice for him on his birthday. And when I say something nice for his birthday, I mean writing him a nice $25,000 dollar check. (no need to rub your eyes...it's not $250, $2,500, it is twenty-five thousand dollars).
After I picked up my jaw from the ground, the person telling the story said that after the waiter's co-workers found out about the tip, his work environment became hostile.
The ringing question in my mind is,
Why can't people be happy for others?
There is this profound verse in the Bible found in the book of Romans that states,
"Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those that weep."
At first glance, we might be inclined to think that the difficult part of that verse is "weeping with those that weep." But this is not true. Most of us are really good at being there for others when they are down and need a hand. Most of us go out of our way to comfort our loved ones when they are hurting.
-Envy grows in your heart when someone gets a new(er) car than your 1997 Buick Le Sabre.
-Hatred fills your bones when your slacker friend buys a lottery ticket and hits big.
-The truth is, the sting of your own personal selfishness creeps up when good things happen to others-
And I believe that the first step towards a healthy perspective is dependence on God.