Just recently I heard this great quote about people not needing to blow out other people's candles so that theirs would shine brighter. I believe the source of the quote was a grandfather passing down wisdom to his grandson. That'll preach!
Anyway, whose candle have you been thinking about snuffing out lately?
It sounds so harsh, doesn't it? I mean, not too many people would care to admit their ill intent on a co-worker's performance, so that their chances of getting a promotion would increase dramatically. But, it happens. At the same time, all of us have heard people diminish the strengths and accomplishments of others to make themselves look or sound better.
Is that really necessary, though? It isn't. There's a better way.
Romans 13:7 says, Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
And there it is. If someone you're competing with is worthy of encouragement or a compliment or some sort of an award, then give it to them. We're called to give honor when honor is owed.
Life is a series of thousands upon thousands of moments. You're not going to be the hero of every moment. That's okay. Sometimes other people are going to shine brighter than you, and when they do, pour celebration and praise and honor all over them.
Your time will come. Your moment to shine will arrive soon. God's grace is large enough and His plan is brilliant enough to allow your gifts and talents to make a huge impact at the right time.
So, trust the Lord. Your time will come. There's no need to diminish the brilliance of another person to hasten your moment of shininess.
After all, God gets all the glory, anyway. Anything that's worthy of praise in our life or in the life of another is because of the grace and greatness of God.
So, no need to snuff out anyone's candle today to make yours shine brighter. Your success doesn't depend upon the success or failure of another person. It's all in God's hands.
You are Loved!