“Each Word a Gift”

My pastor made a profound statement yesterday, “Negative people attract negative comments.”

He was saying that if you hear people complaining, criticizing, bad-mouthing often, if is most likely because those people hear you doing the same.

Made me think.

The first person I thought of wasn’t a complainer. Actually, she is the exact opposite. My friend, Kim, taught with me at Citrus Park Christian School until her family moved up to New Jersey. Kim is one of the most positive people I have ever met. She always has a smile and always has something good to say. Sometimes I’d go out of my way to pass her in the hall just to be encouraged. She is just that kind of a person.

And you know what?  I would never, ever think of being negative with her. Why? Because, when you’re around Kim, you want to be positive. You want to find the good in people. Just like she does.

My pastor said a lot of other great things yesterday, but that’s what stuck with me. I left church, not with a New Year’s Resolution (see previous post :)), but with a renewed commitment to look for what is good, not pick out the bad. To love the way Jesus does – lavishly, mercifully. He knows we are flawed, but He loves us anyway, and He offers to help us become better, more like him.

It isn’t the power of positive thinking I’m promoting. But it is the power of positive living — made possible by the power of God working in our lives and touching those around us.

“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.” Eph. 4:29, The Message

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