Tuesday, February 23, 2010
During Lent, we traditionally "give up" something and sometimes "take on" something. The season of Lent is so powerful to me. This year, I have given up talking about others. I was aware that I did it "sometimes" but have been made painfully aware of how often I do. Today, during staff chapel, I thought of this verse from Philippians, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8) . . . those things could also be said about what we "say" - "say" only those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy!! I guess my point (as I ramble!!) is that it is not only talking about others. As Christians, we should only say things that build up the body. Can you imagine a day where all things spoken were lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Some might say that is a "pie in the sky" kind of idea . . .one that might never work. Who knows? I think I'll give it a try.