October 13, 2017

Planting Seeds

By: Jamae Ann Sabangan [Portland, OR]

If we plant a rose seed in the ground, a rose bush will sprout.

If we put a notebook into a backpack, we will find it later when we unzip our bag. What we put in is what we get out. We reap what we sow.

Your words show what is in your heart.
Luke 6:45c (CEV)

The same is true of our words. The thoughts we allow into our mind will show up when we speak. If we think good thoughts, goodness will be present in our words. If we allow judgment and gossip to fill our heads, why are we surprised that they influence our speech?

Since our thoughts control our mouths, let’s take control of our thoughts. In Philippians 4:8, Paul encourages us to think of things that are praiseworthy and excellent. From time to time throughout the day, check for excellence: “Is what I’m thinking praiseworthy or good?” If it is, continue thinking about these things. If not, redirect your thoughts. When we plant seeds of goodness in our minds, we will always have good things to say.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to use my words in ways that are pleasing to you—not as weapons of destruction but as seeds of encouragement and peace in the hearts of all who hear them.

Ellen Batten [Blaine, MN]

Think About It

How far will you go to be cool? Spreading rumors about someone is a sign of being a bully. Once those words are out there, it’s hard to get them back. If you’ve hurt someone by gossiping, ask God—and the person you hurt—for forgiveness.


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