As humans, we have the potential to reflect God’s personality traits, such as love, justice, and wisdom. Biblical truth protects us from false worship. Eliminate negative talk and introduce joy talk. Enjoy the peace of a clear conscience. Giving thanks helps us feel closer in our relationships and increases our happiness. It does not make any difference who gets the praise as long as God gets the glory. Negative expressions convey “stinkin’ thinkin’.” Never let an old wound fester due to excessive attention.
Our behavior can encourage or discourage unbelievers to seek God’s way of living. Our sins (immoral behavior) hurt others and diminish us, and our lives bear the scars. Our YES should mean YES and our NO should mean NO.
Parents should help their child think about the character traits for which he or she would like to be known. Parents who do not discipline their children do not love them. Praise your children openly; reprove them secretly. Remember that the mind grows by what it takes in; the heart grows by what it gives out. Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise. Seeking approval from others interferes with our potential for joy.
Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.