I admit to investing too much time with critics, with the major complaint being that I often quote men who are considered less than perfect. I admit to this as I check advice, etc, against the perfect book, the Bible! I am then confident that the statement is on target, even if the person who spoke or wrote isn’t. To credit the statement does not in any way give creditability to the author. So here is a good statement from an at least interesting man.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain.
Over the course of my now long and often interesting life, I have noted personally the truth of Twain’s statement. There is an entire movement in our country that essentially teaches the power of using praise to encourage and teach others to achieve more.
The late Zig Ziglar taught that there are two kinds of people, the fault finder and the good finder. I agree with him in that Jesus Christ often, when helping His close followers used the good finder principle. Certainly He knew the truth about our sinful nature, but He followed with the positive truth, that even though we are more depraved than we like to admit, there is hope in Him, that we are redeemable and useful in His world.
John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
I bet that if you look real hard today you can find some good, even in your spouse.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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