Responding to other people’s lives:
An old song by the Burnette Sisters, often attributed to William Stevens, entitled, “Farther Along” has become out of touch with the Christian message, if not seen by many as terrible theology. One verse says; “When death has come and taken our loved ones, it leaves our homes so lonely and dreary; Then do we wonder why others prosper, living so wicked; year after year.”
What kind of a Christian wrote this song? Why do you want others to suffer? There is no need to sing “farther along,” we’ll know about it. Just adopt Jesus’ disposition. “Do unto others,” “love your neighbor as yourself.”
How do we respond to other people’s blessings? Many a time, we would look with envy when the next person looks like they got more than what we did. Take a moment to go through your past and check your low moments, especially when your colleagues seemed to have gotten more? How did you respond? Let us take a moment to ponder on whether our deep lying private responses are essentially Christ-like?