Have you weighed in on Joel and Victoria Osteen yet?
No! Me either. And I’m not going to now.
Yesterday, I challenged you to stop complaining.
I’ve seen so many posts ridiculing, making fun of, and complaining about the Osteens. Do we really believe that trashing them is going to make their followers say, “I didn’t know. Thank you for telling me. I’m no longer going to listen to or read anything by them?”
Of course not.
The only thing we do is team up with like-minded people and alienate everyone else.
So, I’m adding to yesterday’s challenge to stop complaining.
If you’re a follower of Jesus (if you’re not you can ignore this but if you are) . . . start speaking up for what you believe, what you are for not what you’re against.
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I know, you’re thinking . . . Jesus confronted and called out the Pharisees. And you’re right, He did. But He also had perfect wisdom, discernment, and did not sin.
Before you think I’m writing this because I’m a fan of the Osteens. I’m not. This is not to defend them. This because when Christians rip others apart we make ourselves look bad. We sound petty and jealous, and we don’t do a very good job of representing Jesus.
What if we determined to talk about what we’re for not what we’re against? What if we shared His truth with joy and enthusiasm? What if we looked like we were having more fun than anyone else on the planet?
Maybe non-believers would be more interested in what we have to say.
So, one more challenge to trade enthusiasm for complaining. What do you think?
Blessing Counters Around the Blogosphere
Aly Chase writes words to inspire the broken, weighed down, and hurting
at One Day Lighter. If you need inspiration to let go of something you have
gripped in a tightly closed fist, read her post Sorry God, This One is Off Limits.
It will bless you.
How about some “real-life encouragement from an imperfect Mama?”
Visit “Mommy Sue” at Chaotic Simplicity. Her posts The Gift of Gab –
Part 1 and Part 2 have made many “talkers” (like me) think about their words.
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