Children should be encouraged even when logic seems to dictate otherwise. Now, I’m not saying that discipline is a bad thing, but if a child draws a picture and says that it is God – don’t scold that child for trying to express themselves with crayons. After all, you don’t know what God looks like either, so just take a chill pill. Jesus loves children – He REALLY loves children! Don’t be a stumbling block to them.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou
We’ve all received compliments – some are sincere and others, well, not so much. Most of us can tell the difference, can’t we? Empty flattery leaves us wanting to tell the person, “Just quit while you’re ahead” or “go away”. I choose to think the latter. But when a compliment is heartfelt and sincere, ah… it’s like a breath of fresh air! We feel a renewed sense of hope and happiness. If you have a spouse or friend who showers you with those kinds of compliments – hang on to those people! They are rare in this life. I got one response to my inquiry, but oh what a great response it was:
A friend wrote a story About our friendship. Where I had always seen myself as a gray goose, she saw me as a silver swan. That changed my life and allowed me to see myself in a new way. – G.E.
I’ll preach this until I’m lowered into the ground… there is WEIGHT in every word you say. Your words have the power to hurt or heal another soul. That is why our words need to be filtered through God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God can and will help us to choose the right thoughts, intentions and words if we will just ask Him for help. It seems to me that people are almost proud that they don’t have a filter and they are not careful about the words they choose to say. It’s like they proclaim they are filter-less in the same breath they declare they have the right and are free to say what they want. But that is not true freedom, for if you are stomping on another human being verbally, you are diminishing them – and what about their rights and freedoms? Isn’t it better to lift another up and have true freedom? Freedom at the expense of someone else – that’s not freedom. To be without the Holy Ghost filter is to be unwise and unkind. I’ve heard some say awful things and then put their hand over their mouth with a false sense of shame and then say, “Oops – I have no filter!” Everyone thinks that is so funny – why does everyone think that is so funny? It’s a shame when people do that – not a false shame, a real shame! Once it becomes abundantly clear that God loves everyone, we tend to look at our thoughts, attitudes and actions with others differently. We are each a precious child of God. This sense of entitlement that people have nowadays is a disturbing trend. Instead of having the attitude that you deserve good things, try helping someone else do better and guess what? You will do better too – because God will see to it. He blesses the ones who bless others. That’s how it works! We don’t do for others for that reason, we do for others because we have the mind of Christ. What did Jesus do? Well, He sure didn’t stand around saying He deserved more than everybody else because He was the Son of God. I don’t read that anywhere in the Bible. He went about doing good.
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. – Mother Teresa
Some folks that I used to work with accused me of being scared of people. Non-Christians often mistake my silence for fear. What they don’t realize is that I’m praying for right attitudes, good thoughts and a window of opportunity to say the words that will do the most good. I’m not afraid of any man – oh my… if they only knew how unafraid of people I am! No, I don’t just ramble and let my words fly uninhibited – nor do I intend to. My mom called that “filter” the “Holy Ghost filter”. She never spoke without thinking and praying over her words because she knew the truth – that every word has power whether it is negative or positive. Words can bring blessings to others or they can crush their spirit. I believe that the words we speak have the potential to be a stumbling block to another person. Have you read what God thinks about folks who are a stumbling block to other folks?
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. – Mark 9:42
A good thought becomes a good intention. A good intention becomes a good word and a good word becomes a good deed. You are either part of the problem or part of the solution. That’s why every thought needs to be taken captive and every word needs to be weighed before it is said. Once the words are out, you can never get them back.
Have a wonderful NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY!!! You know what to do. Follow the leading of God’s Holy Spirit – He won’t lead you astray. 😀