Inspiration from the Carpenter – Don’t gloat over the unsuccessful

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Last week I was saddened to learn a construction company we had worked for years ago had gone into administration. We had done many a tenancy job with this company early on in my apprenticeship but price was a big factor in winning a job with them. This company was so driven by price that they would win a job on a plumbers price (sometimes ours) and once they got the contract would hawk around other plumbers to get a cheaper price. It was unethical because they should have given the job to the plumber who priced and won it on merit in the first place.

This kind of thing used to get me quite angry. I know it still happens because desperate times see companies go to desperate measures to make a dollar. So when I hear that a company has gone to the brink, knowing they had been doing the wrong thing by other trades I’m tempted to say good riddance.
But that kind of thinking and behavior is wrong. So wrong.

Gloating over the unsuccessful is sad and doesn’t get me any closer to being successful myself. I’ve been unsuccessful in some of my endeavours. And gloating makes me look like I think of myself higher than what I really am. No one is perfect. No business is perfect. But sometimes bad decisions can be made and what was once a success can turn into something that is not.
So if you see a business or person you work with struggling, don’t gloat. Offer an ear to listen to allow them to vent their stress and see if you can offer some advice. Even if the advice falls on death ears, you know that you have helped in some way and you have travelled the higher road that most choose not to travel.

Proverbs 24:17a Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove.