Gratitude is important. When someone does something nice for us, we need to be grateful and also express that gratefulness to the one who performed the nice act for us.
So, on behalf of my family, I want to say “Thank you” for the gift card presented to us on Sunday. We truly feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful, warm, giving family of God here at Eastgate.
Our lives are filled with different types of people. There are some who are just, well, there. They have neither a positive nor a negative impact.
Then, there are some who are put into our lives to test, try, and build our patience. They are always pointing out the negative, never seeing anything positive in any situation. If they were to inherit $100,000,000, they would only think about the taxes they would be paying.
And, of course, there are some who are put into our lives to bless us with love, laughter, and add quality to our lives. They are a joy to be around.
So what type of people do you listen to? Who do you hang around with? Who do you pay the most attention to? The people who are not even trying to impact your life or the people who are always negative or the ones who are always striving to build you up into the person God wants you to be?
Another important question is what kind of a person are you? Do you just mind your own business and go through life not trying to impact others? Do you drag others down, even if by accident? Or do you seek to build others up?
In Ephesians 4:29, Paul tells us, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
You can “accidentally” destroy something (or someone). You cannot “accidentally” build something (or build up someone). It takes effort and intent to build others up.
As Paul points out above, our speech is one way we can either tear others down or build others up.
How we talk to other people and even how we talk about other people can contribute to the type of person others see us as.
So if you thought about what you said to and about others in the past few days...what type of person are you?
It takes a concentrated effort to always be looking to build others up. But it is effort that is always well worth it.
Again, let me just say thank you for building me and my family up for the last 3¼ or so years. We look forward to many more!