Friday, May 12, 2006

The Habit of Building People Up

Christians ought to be in the business of building people up because there are so many people already in the people-demolition business. Norman Vincent Peale

The real bodybuilder spends his or her time encouraging and uplifting others in the body of Christ, rather than excercising their own pride. If you'll live as a child of God you can live a life of love; a love that gives and isn't obsessed with always receiving.

"God made you so he could love you." Rick Warren

Even in psychology, researchers have found evidence that it takes 3 positive comments to overcome one negative comment (the Losada Line). People who flourish live in an environment above the Losada line, while those who languish live below the line.

What is your contribution to the relational environment all around you? Do you contribute to an atmosphere of love and understanding, or do you create a pit where everyone languishes?

Philippians 4:8
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Paul then says, "To put it into practice." Let love rule...


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