“To truly be happy for others’ successes is success.”

The unpredictability of the US Open tennis tournament is part of its charm. One player rises unexpectedly while a favored seed falls with a crash.


More often than not, however, the higher-ranked players advance.

After each match, the players shake hands. One is humbled and doesn’t proceed and one is exalted and moves to the next level.


It’s a lot like life. We are all humbled by someone. Furthermore, these same people may go on to heights we’ll never experience.

“I remember them when…” can either be a dig or a sincere sentiment of admiration.


A good measure of character is how we shake hands and either follow or leave that relationship.


Accepting our stations in life and being comfortable in our roles and living a congratulatory-style life leads to a peace. King Solomon’s “Proverbs” should have included something along these lines: “To truly be happy for others’ successes is success.”

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Peace comes from knowing our identity is from Our Father who plays no favorites and this “ranks” with the highest of qualities.


Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham…God does not show favoritism…he had compassion on them…Then Jesus beholding him loved him…

Genesis 24:12 NIV, Romans 2:11 NIV, Matthew 9:36 NIV, Mark 10:21 KJV

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