The Success of My Brethren – Alma 29:14-16

14 But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi.
15 Behold, they have labored exceedingly, and have brought forth much fruit; and how great shall be their reward!
16 Now, when I think of the success of these my brethren my soul is carried away, even to the separation of it from the body, as it were, so great is my joy.
(Alma 29:14-16)

When Alma saw his friends the sons of Mosiah after 15 years, he was filled with joy. He was happy to see them, but he was even more happy to see that they “were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth” (Alma 17:2). They had had great success in their missionary efforts among the Lamanites, and Alma was so happy for them. As he expresses in the passage above, he was already joyful, but their success only increased his joy. There is not a hint of competition or of envy in this passage. His love for his friends was strong, and he felt pure joy at their success and growth.

In the book Preach My Gospel, there is a questionnaire to help missionaries assess their own development of Christlike attributes. One of the criteria under the heading of “Charity and Love” is: “I find joy in others’ achievements” (Chapter 6: “How Do I Develop Christlike Attributes?“).

Today I will follow Alma’s example of love by finding joy in the success of other people. I will be observant and recognize the achievements of the people around me. I will resist the temptation to be competitive and will instead be happy for their success.

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