WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!”
Numbers 14:2 (ESV)
THE NEGATIVITY OF OUR WORDS
A monk was allowed to say only two words every three years. After the first three years, he said to the Brother Superior, “Bad bed.” Three years later he came back to say, “Bad food.” After three more years of silence the monk said, “No TV.” Another three years passed. This time the monk appeared with robes and sandals in hand and announced, “I quit.” The Brother Superior answered, “It’s no wonder. You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here!”
Nobody likes a complainer – unless you are a complainer yourself! Misery loves company. Let’s don’t become like the people of Israel in Moses and Aaron’s day. Instead of pointing out what we don’t like or what’s wrong with someone or something, let’s use our words for good. Using our words constructively takes intentionality. To increase our influence, let’s speak up so we can build up! Think about the daily conversations you have at work, in your home, and with your friends. Would you say that you are more of a complainer or a complimenter? Which do you want to be? Make it a goal to compliment everyone you interact with each day at least one time and see how that affects the health of those relationships going forward. And, see how it changes you!