Thursday, May 28, 2009

Build others up......

The soap verse for 5.27.9 jumped out at me when I read it. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths...." This is a challenge for many of us and then for some it is a non-issue. The verse goes on to say "but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." I just want to encourage you to pay close attention to what you say, can your friends see a difference in you by the way you act and by the way you talk? Would you talk differently if Jesus was sitting next to you? Are your conversations belittling or are they uplifting? Be the person that everone wants to talk to so when they walk away they don't feel discouraged but are encouraged by your positive attitude and outlook on life.
Challenge:
Offer a sincere compliment to at least 2 people every day for 5 days.
Avoid sarcasm of any kind for at least 3 days.
(It is much harder to do than you think).
I would love to hear how this works for any of you.
Let me be the first to say, "I accept this challenge!"
Please give us your feedback!
Let us hear how you were able to make a difference in someone's day!
Love you all!

1 comment:

  1. So, I complimented a stranger today! The refs at the VA soccer fields are young kids and most the time they don't pay much attention to the games, it is usually frustrating cuz they should be helping the younger kids learn as they play. Today the ref was a bit older (maybe about 15). He ran the field with the kids, blew his whistle when he needed to stop the game and not just at the end of the quarter and he talked to the kids. I was impressed. However, his dad quickly got on him and told him what he needed to do more to help the players. After his son walked away, I went to the dad and complimented his son by telling him what a good job he did reffing the game and that every other ref that has been there does very little to help the players. He called his son over and told him that he was being hard on him but he wanted him to know what I thought he was doing right. It felt good because I wasn't trying to discredit the dad (he was just trying to help his son improve)and the dad didn't try to keep his son from hearing some positive feedback!

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