Monday, September 7, 2015
The readings today talk alot about how we influence one another. In the OT, when the writer isn't rhapsodizing about his lover, he points to a younger sister. She might be chaste, and the writer says they'll protect her with a silver tower. Or if she's promiscuous, "like a swinging door", they'll block her door with a cedar bar. That's an amusing way to put it, but it shows that we can influence one another to live good and chaste lives.
Paul is exhorting the Corinthians to give out of a cheerful heart, and he keeps mentioning how they will be a good example to others. We are told how one group of believers can set an example of enthusiasm that will be caught by other believers.
And then the Proverb for today warns us not to make friends with angry people, because we will become like them over time.
The little things we do or don't do, how we respond to our lives, affects those around us. We can incite other people with enthusiasm to do good. Have you ever gotten motivated to exercise more, eat healthier, read more, travel more, etc. because you heard someone else talk about it? Conversely, how many times do you remember starting your day in a good mood, but being drug down by complaining, gossip, or trash talking by other people? What we say, what we do, ignites the flames like the picture above.
What will you ignite in your friends and family today?
Thanks, God, for giving us the privilege of making a change in other people's lives.