Friday, May 07, 2010



Take on this challenge: refuse to say a negative or critical word for one whole entire day. Not one judgment call. Nary a single complaint.

How hard is it for you?
What do you learn about yourself?
If you mess up, try again until you get it right.

My friends tell me I'm a gracious person, that I rarely say a disparaging word. And I almost believe them. Until I take on a test like this and notice how often I have to check my tongue and edit my mind.

Sure, you don't want to live like this all the time. It's unrealistic. Maybe not smart. After all, discernment's needed in this sin-sick, war-torn world. But inner peace rules when you can release your negatives to God. If you can do it for a day, you deserve a blue ribbon!

"Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you" (2 Corinthians 13:11).


Connie Sue said...

This is harder than it sounds. Guess a challenge is a good idea....why does it have to be tough?!?!? Ha! (Love this picture of you too) So I will owrk on this....................... Love, Connie Sue

Janet Bly said...

Connie Sue: Thanks for stopping by. I have not won my blue ribbon yet. Hope you can!

Tammy Griffin said...

Thanks for the great reminder. This subject has been on my heart lately and your post was just a wonderful confirmation.

Janet Bly said...

Tammy: Thanks for the note and glad you could find an encouraging word here. You can find the complete article to download on our BlyBooks website Articles Page.