“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Whatever Is Praiseworthy
(Please read Philippians 4:8)
A story was told about a preacher who always had something favorable to say when he talked about anybody. But when the meanest reprobate in the community died and the preacher was called on to speak at the funeral, people waited with more than usual interest to hear what the preacher would say, because none of them had thought of anything good about the departed citizen. This time, they figured, the speaker wouldn’t be able to follow his usual rule. But the preacher proved them wrong when at the funeral his one subjective comment about the deceased man was positive. “Old Joe,” he said, “was the best whistler in this whole county!”
Good for that preacher! Accentuating the negative sells papers, but it also can cause trouble, even in the church. It is a fortunate congregation that has members who have learned not only to find something good in every other person in the church but to tell him or her about it. Such wise encouragement can have a good, lifelong effect on young people. Sure, those folks have faults of their own, but they are able to see good in others and thoughtful enough to speak of what they see. They must, indeed, have taken to heart Paul’s inspired instruction: “Whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”
Try that today. Find something praiseworthy about a person you haven’t really admired, and praise him or her. Better still, make it a habit to compliment others; they’ll like it – and so will you.