“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:19 NIV)
I remember when I was younger, a friend of mine started writing fan-fiction as a hobby. A passion started to brew, so she asked her friends to have a look at it and asked for our opinions. To be honest, we weren’t incredibly supportive; some of us didn’t like fan-fiction in the first place, others (including me) didn’t think it would last, that it was just an idea that wouldn’t take. And you know what? It didn’t. A couple of months later she stopped writing and that was that.
Sometimes, in regret, I wonder what would have happened if we had supported her? If we had all encouraged her and read her fan-fiction simply because she was our friend? Who would she have become? Where would she be now?
Have you ever stopped to think about how much your communication with others can influence them? Something small you say to someone might mean the difference between their turning to depression or to a great passion. It might mean the difference between them being lead down a road by alcohol or being hoisted toward God through His inexplicable love.
To think about life in this way is burdensome. I’m sure you feel it; but whether we are aware of it or not, it is a reality. In this day and age, we tend to complain a lot; about our love life, our workload, our lack of time…and what do you think the implications of that are to the people around us?
What if, instead, we were positive and thankful in our communication with others? Not only to them, but to God, as well as in our hearts? This attitude is, I believe, what this verse is talking about. All God’s people have a reason to sing for joy! And although a lot of us express this thankfulness in praise and worship at church, how many of us continue when we step out the door? When we continue into our lives at school, work, or even at home?
This week I encourage you to not only think about this, but to apply this to your life. Bring up God’s glory in conversation with your friends; when something awesome happens, thank Him! Talk about the awesome wonders of His creation and being. It’s a task to break out of your comfort zone, but, to be honest, if you leave today thinking this was a great post, what was the point of reading it?
And so, I personally challenge you to take your praise outside, to be a difference in the world for God, because He made a difference for you.