Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Lift Each Other Up
Everyone wants it and we all need it. Encouragement! That seems to be the cry around Bloggyville lately! I read this post and this post and was so upset by the whole situation. I tend to agree with Sarah when she says, in much nicer words, to keep your mouth shut if you can't say something nice! (She almost quit blogging because of some things that were said in comments). Wouldn't we all be well-served to heed these wise words? What in the world makes us think we have the right to speak unkindly to our Christian sisters--or anyone else for that matter--including our families? Why is it that criticism seems to fall out of our mouths so much easier than encouragement? I know that I am sometimes much quicker to criticize than to encourage, especially with my children and husband. We would do well to learn that encouragement goes much farther than criticism does to change things. Let's do take the time today to be an encourager and lift up everyone we come in contact with. Wouldn't the world--and the blogging community be a much better place? I know that the vast majority of Christian women bloggers are very encouraging, and I have never received an ugly comment, but I am going to give it an extra effort today! I hope you will too! I leave you with this quote and a Bible scripture I found:
"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me, and I may be forced to love you." ~William Arthur Ward
and with this:
Ephesians 4:29 (Amp)
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth, but only such (speech) as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God's favor) to those who hear it.
Amen and Amen.