Have you ever been walking in the mall and saw a beautiful woman and had the urge to tell her so or wanted to congratulate a co-worker on a job well done, but you didn’t do it? What stopped you? Why is it that we as a people are quick to hurl insults, but we are stingy with our compliments? Why is it that its easy to tear people down, but we suddenly get shy when it comes to paying someone a compliment? Have you ever been the person who has received a compliment from a stranger? How did it make you feel? Probably pretty good! Especially if you had been having a rough day.
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12
God commands us to treat others as we want to be treated. Now I am not suggesting that we go around giving compliments to people with the sole purpose of getting one in return…be genuine. But I am suggesting that we stop thinking that we are going out of our way to be kind to someone. You certainly don’t go out of your way to be mean or disrespectful…why should it be any harder to show someone kindness? In fact, it should be easy to pay someone a compliment. I think people need to stop censoring themselves when it comes to praising others and just do what comes naturally.
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12
As Christians, we are called to be an example. We are called to be the light. Do you know that the smile you gave to the store clerk as she was ringing up your groceries, may be the only time a person smiles at her all day? Do you know that the compliment you paid to the gentlemen on his voice as you heard him quietly singing to himself in that department store may have given him the confidence he needed to pursue singing. Do you know that the silent prayer you sent up for the homeless person on the corner as you were driving home may be the only prayer made on his behalf? Do you know that any small act of kindness has the power to completely turn someones day or even life around? Do you know that you possess that power through the love that God has shown you? It is your duty as a Christian to be a vessel. People who don’t know God should be able to look at you and get a glimpse of the goodness of the Lord. You may be the only encounter with God that a person experiences. It would behoove you to make a good impression.
God is LOVE! Stop fighting it! Surrender to His love and show that love to others. Be the light in a world of darkness.