Then the Lord said, "You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Jonah 4:10
If there was a another chapter of Jonah, do you think he got bitter or better ? He already had shown that he loved plants more than people; even more than doing God's will. Jonah wasn't concerned about 120,000 lost souls, but he really loved that plant. I'd like to think this comparison got through to him, and he went back to Israel a better man. A prophet ready to help his people. How about our concerns? Choosing between pets, plants, and people, do people finish a distant third? Let's start changing our preferences to line up with God's priorities. Jesus 1st, Others 2nd, Yourself last. That's how to put real J-O-Y in our lives.