Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)
Many years ago I heard leadership guru John Maxwell say that one of his goals in life was “to add value to other people.” I always liked that phrase. It captures the simple concept of building other people up that Paul tells the Christian in Ephesus but it also includes so much more. Are people better for having been around me?
I think this is possibly even more important today than ever before. We live in a world filled with words. Articles, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have given everyone a voice. The comment section that follows these posts are then filled with even more words.
My question for today and this week is simply, “Are my words adding value to people’s lives to build them up?”
Am I using my words to encourage other people?
Am I using my words to teach other people?
Am I using my words to thank other people?
Am I using my words to pray for other people?
Am I using my words to support other people?
How am I using the voice God has given me to further the work of his kingdom around me?
Tearing something down is easy. Building something up is hard. This week I am committed to the hard work. Will you join me?