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How to Gather Honey Instead of Bee Stings

How to Gather Honey Instead of Bee Stings

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Few people realize the importance of the words they speak. There is almost no way to overemphasize the importance of what we say. Yet most people give it almost no thought, usually speaking without thinking.
Few people realize the importance of the words they speak. There is almost no way to overemphasize the importance of what we say. Yet most people give it almost no thought, usually speaking without thinking.

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Published by: I love you Rubelynn Alvarez on Nov 22, 2007
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How to Gather Honey Instead of Bee StingsBy Moises ReconallaFew people realize the importance of the words they speak. There is almost no wayto overemphasize the importance of what we say. Yet most people give it almost nothought, usually speaking without thinking.The Inspirational Classical author, Og Mandino once asked to himself “Why is it,then that so many of us go out of our own way to offend others with criticism andoffensive judgments that so often come back to haunt us? Why do we allow our bigmouths to dig ruts in our path so deep that our forward progress is finally nil?Is this more of that “will to fail” that has already been covered?”He continued and commented “If your tongue has been busy accumulating enemies foryou, enemies you do not need who can harm you, now is as good time as many tocease and desists. How said it would be for such a petty habit to destroy yourgreat potential.”Another very well-known inspirational and classical author described the worsteffects of criticism to the receivers. Dale Carnegie, in his book entitled “How towin friends and influence people” articulates that “Criticism is futile because itputs a man on the defensive, and usually makes him strive to justify himself.Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a man’s precious pride, hurts his senseof importance, and arouses his resentment.”My dear readers, Dale Carnegie remind “When dealing with people, let us rememberwe are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures ofemotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.”He warns that doing “criticism is a dangerous spark – a spark that is liable tocause an explosion in the powder magazine of pride – an explosion that sometimeshastens death.”Carnegie continued and gave a very good examples in his above statements, “GeneralLeonard Wood was criticized and not allowed to go with the army to France. Thatblow to his pride probably shortened his life. Bitter criticism drove ThomasChatterton, the English poet, to suicide.”I remember the Greek Philosopher, Phytagoras once says “A wound from a tongue isworse than a wound from a sword for that latter affects only the body, the formeraffects the spirit.”In the Bible, James the disciple of Jesus Christ gave a warning of the evil poisonof the tongue. He described some who try to use their tongue as praise andblessing to God, then turn around to use their tongue to speak evil of oneanother. “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it rue curse men, who havebeen made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing andcursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10). We cannotuse our tongue to curse and bad-mouth our brethren, then continue “business asusual” with our relationship with God. The Bible clearly says that such tonguebehavior is characteristic of hypocrites. “The hypocrite with his mouth destroyshis neighbor... “(Prov. 11:9).The great teacher of all times, The Lord Jesus Christ revealed to us that ourwords are important. In the book of Matthew 12:36-37, Jesus exclaimed “But I tellyou that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every carelessword they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your wordsyou will be condemned” (NIV).
Certainly, my dear readers this is not a negative message. When we understand theimportance and power of our words, we can use them for good. The Word of Godclearly says “death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21 NIV).James the disciple of Jesus Christ adds, “The tongue is a small part of the body,but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a smallspark. The tongue also is a fire, a word of evil among the parts of the body. Itcorrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and itselfset on fire by hell” (NIV).The above texts mean that life is controlled by words. I repeat, life iscontrolled by words. Words release authority. Words determine the course ofevents. Words matter. What should you do about this?Ellen G. White one of the great founder of Seventh-day Adventist, gave a very goodand inspiring answers in above query. In her book entitled “Ministry of Healing”she encouraged us that we should “Cultivate the habit of speaking well of others.Dwell upon the good qualities of those with whom you associate, and see as littleas possible of their errors and failings.”She further encouraged us “When tempted to complain of what someone has said ordone, praise something in that person’s life or character. Cultivate thankfulness.Praise God for His wonderful love in giving Christ to die for us.”And for those who are enjoying and making fun of criticism, she warned,“Evilspeaking is a twofold curse, falling more heavily upon the speaker than uponthe hearer. He who scatters the seeds of dissension and strife reaps in his ownsoul the deadly fruits. The very act of looking for evil in others develops evilin those who look. By dwelling upon the faults of others, we are changed into thesame image.”She encouraged “Instead of criticizing and condemning others, say, “I must workout my own salvation. If I co-operate with Him who desires to save my soul, I mustwatch myself diligently. I must become a new creature in Christ. Then, instead ofweakening those who are striving against evil, I can strengthen by encouragingwords.” She added, “We are too indifferent in regard to one another. Too often weforget that our fellow laborers are in need of strength and sympathy. Help them byyour prayers, and let them know that you do it.”James asserted that “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep atight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless”(James 1:26 NIV).People remember no one knows when life is over. Our life is like a vapor thatappears for a moment and then disappears! So I encouraged you, don’t let your lifedie like an insects without doing something good to yourself and to yourfellowmen.Rebecca Barlow Jordan reminds “It’s not how much you accomplish in life thatreally counts but how much you give to other. It’s not how many goals you reach,but how many lives you touch. Believe in the impossible, hold tight to theincredible, and live each day to its fullest potential. You can make a differencein your world.”Before my conclusion with my article, I would like to share with you a short storyof the Song of the Bird.Sufi Bayazi says this about himself: “I was a revolutionary when I was young, andall my prayer to God was … “Lord, give me the energy to change the world.”

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