It's that time again when we seek to make New Year resolutions. I don't normally engage in such futile efforts. But this year I've decided to make a resolution that hopefully with God's Grace I will keep.
Recently, I was deeply convicted that I need to make more of an effort to keep my words sweet.....and to use my words as a blessing to others. Ephesians 4:29 tells us Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
As I have pondered this verse, I realize that it's not only what I say, and how I say it, but it's also my attitude that makes all the difference. It's my attitude that sets the tone, for good or for bad. It's my attitude that can build up someone else or have a positive influence on them. Or perhaps they will see God's light in me and want it for themselves.
Sometimes, as we look around the world and the times in which we live, it can be difficult to stay positive and cheerful. I for one don't care to be around folks who are always negative or who constantly display a negative attitude and/or critical spirit. I certainly don't want to be remembered as the the grouchy grammie, or the crabbie Christian. I want to to be like a breath of fresh air to those around me, remembered by those who know me as a woman of God who always had a kind word, one who was patient with others, and whose love of God shone brightly in a dim world.
So this is the year that I will concentrate on what I say and the attitude I display. But more than that, I will be watching my thoughts. As Joyce Meyer would say, "Where the mind goes, the man follows." But that's a topic for another day.
May all the Glory be His!~
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Living Simply and Deliberately
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2,3