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Cultivate Goodness

April 12, 2019

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I said these words more than once today; to myself and to others. Our words are so powerful. We have to maintain a thoughtful awareness of the impact our words have on others. Being nice is not as hard as we make it out to be. First step is to just keep our mouths closed.

1 Peter 3:10-11 MSG
“Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here's what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful; snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you're worth.”

‘Whoever wants to see their day fill up with good’ should be everyone of us. Good stuff, full of goodness and good for us. If we want God’s good stuff, He tells us what we should do; say nothing evil or hurtful, snub evil, cultivate good, and run after peace. Number one on God’s list of things that bring us goodness is to keep our mouths shut. If we don’t have something positive and/or up lifting to say, then don’t say anything. Be nice. Goodness knows we were supposed to learn this kind of stuff in kindergarten, but we all know we must have missed that day <grin>. We can be snarky, resentful, and just plain ole mean when we are not being thoughtful about our words. We have to change our patterns, check ourselves at the doorway to rudeness and make a different choice. We can use different language, choose our tone more carefully or we can just keep our mouths shut. We can’t forget the many facets, and the flow of information that is found in the language of our faces and our body language. Our unspoken words can also clearly project our thoughts to others; especially the negative ones. Cultivate goodness by being nice and while maintaining our joyful disposition, all while running after peace; running after peace for all we are worth.  

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