What are you Spewing?
Welcome to a frequent guest-sandblogger, my husband. Thank you to Steve, for filling in for me today while I am on an Emmaus walk. Steve has a gift for prayer -- he speaks from his heart to God's ear. When God wants someone to do him a favor, I imagine that he calls on Steve, because Steve is just that kind of guy. Enjoy his insight and wisdom.
My job, sales, affords me the opportunity to travel a wide geographic area and to visit many people – in their own offices. I love to read the messages people post, dangle and set around; “Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Necessarily Constitute An Emergency On Mine” “If You Can’t Dazzle Them With Brilliance, Baffle Them With Bull” A stress relief device hanging on a hard surface – “Bang Head Here” “We Shoot Every Third Salesman and the Second One Just Left” And here’s the one I want to discuss now; “Everyone Brings Joy To This Office, Some When They Arrive, Some When They Leave” Nothing we do or say is ever wasted. We can find ourselves in a situation that seems to have no positive feature and certainly no positive outcome. If we choose to engage in a misery loves company mode, then we can spew a bunch more negativity into the room and the beat goes on. If we choose to try, as hard as it may be, to find one ray of sunshine then we may find that we have diffused a time bomb and set before all involved a straight path. A TV commercial I especially enjoy (forgive me for not remembering the product being sold) has one person extending to another a random act of kindness; picking up a dropped paper, helping to cross the street, etc. The act is witnessed by a third person and in the following scene, that third person is extending to yet another random act of kindness. This pattern continues through several sets of people. It’s not the person being helped that is the participant in the next situation but the one who watched the kindness displayed. It’s possible that when we spew forth our negative tirades, the person receiving the lashing is not the main individual affected – maybe the one watching the random act will, in turn, come unglued on still another. On the flip side, if they get to listen to a flow of positive words, even one positive word, they may then decide to share that warmth with someone in which they will be in contact. (the influence on a child comes to mind) Everyone brings joy – some when they come, some when they go. What are you spewing?
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