I awoke on Thursday last to a vast number of accolades concerning my article, Needed: Good Finders. The joy was short lived as one pontificating moron noted that I was pushing an idea from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. The truth be known I was “pushing” the idea long before anyone ever heard of Harry Potter. Here is a very good statement on fault finding from Zig Ziglar who antedates J.K. by many years.
“Some people find fault as if there was a reward for it.” Zig Ziglar
I know many preachers who feel they have failed if they cannot validate the faults of a fellow clergyman during each sermon. Much study time is given to searching the religious hit papers for choice morsels rather than something from the Lord.
Often the nominally religious seem to latch on to a biblical truth and use it in their enterprise more industriously than an astute sacred language scholar. Consider this “good finder” line from one of the empire builders of his day:
“Men are developed the same way gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt need to be moved to get an ounce of gold, but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt. One goes in looking for gold.”
In dealing with people it pays in the long run to look for the gold, rather than hunting for the dirt, unless of course you are in the tabloid business. Most relationships will enjoy a noticeable improvement if the parties begin praising rather than fault finding.
When you go into a relationship of any sort looking for the dirt you will surely be covered up, much like a subterranean gold miner. (Yes, there is a difference between a gold miner and gold digger).
Paul put the principle of Good Finding like this:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8.
Paul antedates J.K. Rowling by a couple millennia.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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