Forty thousand fans were on hand in the Oakland stadium when Rickey Henderson tied Lou Brocks career stolen base record. According to USA Today Lou, who had left baseball in 1979, had followed Hendersons career and was excited about his success. Realizing that Rickey would set a new record, Brock said, “Ill be there. Do you think Im going to miss it now? Rickey did in 12 years what took me 19. Hes amazing.”
The real success stories in life are with people who can rejoice in the successes of others. What Lou Brock did in cheering on Rickey Henderson should be a way of life in the family of God. Few circumstances give us a better opportunity to exhibit Gods grace than when someone succeeds and surpasses us in an area of our own strength and reputation.
Irish novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett received great recognition for his workbut not everyone savored his accomplishments. Becketts marriage, in fact, was soured by his wifes jealousy of his growing fame and success as a writer. One day in 1969 his wife Suzanne answered the telephone, listened for a moment, spoke briefly, and hung up. She then turned to Beckett and with a stricken look whispered, “What a catastrophe!” Was it a devastating personal tragedy? No, she had just learned that Beckett had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature!