Wednesday, August 8, 2012
SAY GOOD THINGS!!
In watching the Olympics this past couple of weeks one thing I notice that seems to be a pattern with sportscasters or newscasters in general, is when someone messes up, such as falling over a hurdle, having the bar on the pole vault fall, falling off a fault, or going the wrong way on the uneven bars they just keep showing the mistake over and over and over again. I say "enough already" but even the news seems to get better ratings when all they do is bring gloomy heart wrenching news into our living rooms.
No one wants to constantly be reminded of their mistakes. If you have a child you do want to correct and discipline them so they do not end up being brats or unruly in society, but you do not need to harp on them constantly about their errors such as a grade card for instance. Let's say they do not get an A but get a C in one thing but got perhaps B's in all the other things. Do not berate them over the C. Instead praise them for the good grades. Dads out there trying to grow their sons into men do not have to put them down to do it kind of like a tough guy thing. A verse that goes along with that is Ephesians 6:4 which says "Fathers do not exasperate your children but bring them up in the nature and admonition of the Lord." Bosses do not publicly ridicule an employee either and humiliate them. That just is not cool. Those are just some examples.
Ephesians 4:29 reminds us to "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only that which is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
The point is to try to stay upbeat, merciful, and positive as much as possible. To learn to do this stay immersed in God's word and do a word search on words, speech, mercy, grace and you will find a host of wonderful scriptures to guide you on how to stay positive. Do not purposely watch something that is going to put bad things into your head. Purpose to plant 'good seeds' in your head instead. Memorize this verse from Philippians 4:8 which says " Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is true, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things."
So my friend start today to let God have control of your tongue. Make it a point to not say something unless it will build up and not tear down. Above all if you mess up be sure to say you're sorry and do not allow to division to set in. With God's help and reading his word you can take control of this area of your life.
Psalm 19:14 reminds us "Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight oh Lord my strength and my redeemer."
PRAYER: Lord you have given me a mouth to speak with so help me to use it to build up and praise and not tear down, belittle and criticize. Forgive me for the times I have lost control of my tongue. I purposes to stay positive in a negative world. In Jesus name. Amen.