What do you want to eat? That question right there can be the most frustrating question ever asked in the history of mankind. Whenever my wife and I are trying to find a place to eat, we always respond with, “It doesn’t matter.” Oh! It does matter. But thank God for Yelp! We open our app and we scroll through the list of restaurants and when one looks pretty tasty, we tap the restaurant and the first thing we look for is the number of stars the restaurant has received. Once we figure that out, we scroll to the reviews. But we don’t pay attention to the positive reviews, we look for the juicy negative ones. The restaurant can have a 4.5 star rating, 1,000 positive reviews, but the 5 negative reviews tends to outweigh the positive ones. The negative reviews can just take the life out of the owner. In our lives, negative comments can take the life out of a friend, family member, and/or loved one.
“Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)
“Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.”
1st Thessalonians 5:15 (MSG)
I’m not saying negative reviews at a restaurant are ungodly. It definitely helps us decide where to eat and what to support. However, our words can greatly impact the lives of other people. When you look for the best in people, you intentionally look for the greatness in them that may be drowned by their troubles and it is our job to bring it out. The best way to do so is to speak positive things into their lives.
God breathed life into us so we can speak life into others. Their troubles might be weighing them down and you can be the person to pick their spirits up.
Being a coach in an elementary school, you’ll occasionally get a mentor to swing by and see you in action. I remember two years ago a mentor came, and I felt like everything went wrong. I felt like he was correcting every single thing I was doing and I started to doubt my capabilities as a teacher. I wanted to quit, move to a new state, and even go back to school to pursue a new major! But I am so thankful for my wife. When I’m not at my best, my wife does a great job of encouraging me through those tough times. She is always speaking life into our marriage and into me saying “I’m proud of you” and “I’m thankful for you.” She is always bringing the best out in me. And when you are at your best, everyone that is around you has the potential to be their best.
Whose life can you speak into today, this week and make a difference? Your words may just be the exact words to find their breakthrough, finish their current chapter and help them start a new chapter in this journey called life.