Go Viral for Good
Have you ever said something you wish you hadn’t? Have you ever did something you wish you didn’t do?
Join the club, me too!
Our actions and words are watched by those around us. We now have social media, so our area of influence triples. Our spouses, friends, our children are all watching our every move.
It is possible to either encourage someone or hinder them by what we say. The same is true about our actions.
There is a saying:
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
This statement is, well, false.
Our words to live by are found in Romans 14:13:
“Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead, decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way.”
I believe Scripture is clear that we are to do all things so that our fellow brothers and sisters will not stumble.
Am I a Help or Hinderance?
If we doubt whether or not a certain word or deed is sin in our mind, it is sin. When we do things or say things that tear down others or pull them further from Jesus, we are sinning against God.
Our Playbook tells us in Ephesians 4:29, “No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.”
What we say and do either builds up others or tears them down. It also acts as a witness to a world that needs Jesus.
Respond Without Regrets
I have been practicing something lately and it seems to be working fairly well. If someone tells me or texts me something that makes me angry, I wait two days before responding.
It is amazing what happens. What was important that first day ends up not being that big of a deal two days later.
For help with how to hear God’s winning strategies for your life, read how to hear God’s voice in the midst of trials here.
Remember, God designed us men to be leaders. When we are leading well, we encourage others to be closer to Jesus and to be better for their families.
SO, WHAT’S THE PLAY CALL?
- Realize that people are watching you every day.
- If someone frustrates you or makes you angry, wait two days before responding. (Unless it is your wife – then prompt reconciliation is needed.)
- Speak to encourage others, not tear them down. You will be amazed at the impact you can have on lives.
I pray you will experience God’s grace in your life today. Thank you for reading, teammate!
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