Be A Builder!

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

 ~Ephesians 4:29

It's always better to be part of what's right with the world, than part of what's wrong. And it's easy to tell which side your on by just looking at how you interact with other people.  What your attitude towards things are. How you live your life.

If you're complaining all the time, you may be part of the problem.

If you're unhappy all the time, you may be part of the problem.

If you spend more time focused on and pointing out what other people are doing wrong than on what you're doing . . . you guessed it.  You may be part of the problem.

We spend an inordinate amount of time focused on what we don't have.  Focused on people that make us mad.  Thinking about the things that aren't going exactly right instead of appreciating the things that are.

What if we just came to accept that there are always going to be a few problems in our life?  Just accept it!  Just pray about those problems and learn to live with the fact the world is never going to be perfect.  

You'd be a lot happier, right?

What if we just came to accept that there's always going to be people that aren't our biggest fans.  With most people there's just a few in our life that are never going to like us, and never going to see any value in us, and are always going to be rooting against us.  

So what?  Accept it and move on!

Why spend time and energy worried about a few people you're never going to win over?  There are so many more that feel very differently about you, right?  And many more people in the world you haven't even met yet!  Don't let a few unhappy people sap your strength and your talent and your ability to do good in the world.  Because there are always going to be people like that. 

Focus on what you have.  Pray for those people in your life who love you AND for the people who don't.  Be a builder.  Be somebody that builds other people up.  Be somebody that's there for those who need you. 

It's easy to tear something down.  It's not nearly so easy to build.  But building is a skill well worth learning.

~Pastor Todd E. Creason


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