Another email I received that I absolutely had to share. It's perfect for today and the world around us. I love proverbs there are so many good verses that resonate with all of us.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
– Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.orgOur culture esteems quick wit, but many times that wit devolves into words that hurt others for a laugh. The Proverbs challenges us to see our tongue as a healing balm. How do you do that? It starts with what we are looking for. Instead of looking for the inconsistencies in other people’s lives, start to notice the strengths. When what we notice is turned into words, we can encourage others in ways that few people do. An occasional jab is fun, but may we be known more for the way we build others up instead of tearing them down.
My Response to This
I know in my family we throw jabs at each other but WE ALL know that's its for fun. And adds a little humor. We make light of things that can go wrong, but in the end we all love each other.
Outside of my family I personally don't do that unless that particular person knows me Aand my personality (<--emphasis on the 'and'). Some people can get offended and honestly, I would too. If I didn't know someone too well, and they were to throw a jab at me, I would think of it as being rude and inconsiderate. I would definitely be feeling the negative energy and most likely just avoid it. For my own peace. In light of our lifestyles, our stresses, our families, our friends, social media and the news, everyone has difficulty in life. It may be on different levels but we ALL have something we are going through. Play nice respect one another. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
It truly is amazing and makes us feel much better when we give someone a compliment or point out what it is they are doing good at. It's good for their confidence, self esteem and also a mood booster. In turn they give us positive reaction which makes us happy. We can all use that!
I've been reconnecting with my Faith and as I start this new journey I want to share some verses along the way, that really hit home and relate to life itself. So excited. Enjoy.