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. God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he’s asked; But he turns his back on those who do evil things. (I Peter3:8b)
How many of us actually wake up on the side of the bed that has us wishing that only BAD things will come into our day? I daresay if this were the case, most of us would get a new bed! We wake up hoping for the day to bring us GOOD things, don't we? 😁We want our day to be filled to overflowing with GOOD - so shouldn't we be listening to what God says will actually produce GOOD things in our day?
It begins with us - not the bed! We begin by paying close attention our 👄. We don't start the day with negative words - words that actually reek of evil intent and unkind motives. We choose to speak words that will uplift, encourage, and even create a sense of peace in our homes. Those words begin with us - as we look at our disheveled selves in the mirror each day - then they continue as we engage with others throughout our daily endeavors.
Cultivate good - snub evil. That is a pretty tall order when you get right down to it. Cultivation requires preparing the ground so it is ready to bear a good harvest. A harvest of GOOD in our day doesn't happen by accident - there is some forethought and effort. We plan for good by avoiding all things on the other side of good - evil intent, hurtful words, unkind actions, 😈 corrupt speech, malicious gossip - to name just a few.
Run after ☮ for all it's worth. There is something about those who pursue peace that is kind of contagious. It is like a magnet that draws others in and holds their attention. Why? Peace is so much in demand, yet most have no clue how to achieve it for themselves - much less do they understand how Christ produces this sense of calm, assurance, and trust within each of us.
Today is full of possibilities, but only those who truly take action to see them fulfilled will take note of them in their lives. Those were all action words we looked at today - speak, cultivate, avoid, run, pursue. All require us to be attentive, but they also require us to be engaged. We can be attentive without being engaged - take the first 👣 toward kindness today and see where it leads you. You could just be surprised by how much GOOD your day holds! Just sayin!