“Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble.”
I’ve long encouraged those who are competing to know each other in hopes that with healthy competition the tide rises and brings up all boats. We are seeing right now in the tech world the other side of that as the competition has become unhealthy and dominating. Sadly, we the consumers get caught in the crossfire and as companies relish and pound their chests with their winner take all victories while others go out of business in defeat. I’m concerned that we have lost the generations of those who led with healthy competition as their standard and those who are just now learning how to conduct themselves in business seeing only dog eat dog as the way to compete. Also sadly, it may well take outside forces and influences to assure healthy competition going forward.
We have the choice each day in how we will conduct ourselves and compete in the marketplace and workplace. It will be hard to be recognized as those we are trying to bring glory to God as our purpose for working if we fall into the ways of unhealthy competition. The Proverb is clear, if we are not to rejoice in the failures of enemies, then how are we to respond and treat our coworkers or fellow industry competitors when they run into problems? If we are rejoicing or happy, then it is us who need to work to become healthy competitors.
Reference: Proverbs 24:17 (New Living Translation)