If you see something, say something {12.6.18}

see something say somethingWe have heard this statement many times in recent years. It has been used in the context that if you see something irregular, suspicious, etc. you should say something. Good advice. If it is nothing, no problem. If it is something, you may have saved someone from harm or from causing harm to others. In the wee hours of the morning today, I woke up and this was one of the thoughts swimming around in my head. However, it had a different twist. I was thinking about it in a more positive light.

Yesterday, we went out to eat for lunch and I noticed a lady who had on a very pretty, red top with sparkles around the neckline. She had silver/white hair and it looked so nice on her. I noticed but didn’t think much about it. Then as we were leaving, I walked past her table. (Well, I almost walked past.) She was talking with who I assume was her husband. Anyway, I took a step backward, interrupted her and told her how nice she looked and that I really liked her top. The smile on her face was all I needed to know that it was ok to interrupt/disrupt her conversation. I wonder how many times I do just walk on past without giving the compliment or encouragement that I should. I know that God doesn’t tempt us. Our enemy does that! The Holy Spirit does give us nudges to do good though. How many times do we ignore those nudges because we think we might interrupt, be embarrassed, delayed on our journey, etc.?

 I was reminded of a time a week or so ago when I complimented and encouraged one of our grandsons. We had been together for several days and I had noticed that when we were out in public, he always held the door for people instead of letting it go behind him. (Sometimes this is unusual for a teenager I might add.) Anyway, I told him that I had noticed and that I really appreciated his kindness and thoughtfulness toward others by simply holding a door. Again, his smile was all the reward and motivation I needed to watch for other behaviors to encourage. say something nice

 We don’t know what other people are going through in their daily lives. Usually though, we can find something with which to praise or encourage. Even if it is simply a big smile or word of thanks. God talks about this in James 4:17 “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”  Let’s watch for people we can encourage as we see or hear them doing or saying something good.

 If you see something, say something!

The Power of Music {5.17.18}

Music. It’s powerful, isn’t it? It has the power to transport us back in time to a memory of a person or place. When I hear the Beach Boys for instance, I’m immediately transported to summer, windows down in the car and singing along. When I hear Christmas music I’m thinking of the love of God and time with family in a warm cozy house or caroling in the snow. power of musicEighties music reminds me of our children growing up and having fun at the lake or pool. Marching band music takes me back to my school years and marching in parades in our small town. 

I have been thinking about music since last night when I was honored to attend our grandson’s first band concert. I was so impressed with that 6th grade band. They sounded great and it was evident that they love their band director and he loves them. He made music enjoyable and fun for them while at the same time demanding and receiving their respect and attention. It was a glorious time.

I enjoy music so much! I enjoy hearing people sing and play. I also love to sing along but unfortunately for those around me, I do not have the gift of voice. I am one of those mentioned in the Bible that makes a joyful noise (at least it comes out of my heart joyful – not sure it is a joy to those who hear it).  Thankfully, people at church are kind and I sound a lot better with others around me singing in tune. In my car, the radio gives me great accompaniment.

Songs and musical instruments are not necessary to enjoy music though. Music is all around us. We can simply go outside and listen to the birds. They sing a joyful song and always seem thankful for their existence. Even doves in their cooing have a sound that is soothing to the soul.

It seems to me that music has the power to change our moods. It has the power to bring joy, love, happiness, sadness or even anxiety and anger. Just like what we read gets into our minds and hearts, what we listen to does as well. Are the words we are receiving uplifting and positive or hurtful and negative? I’m not saying we shouldn’t allow sadness or grief to enter our lives or even that we should shy from sad songs. What I am saying though is that we should all be very careful what we allow to dwell and linger in our hearts and minds.

After all, music comes from God. praise in musicThroughout the Old Testament we see how important music was to God. He took great care to share His directions about musicians. Songs and sounds from musical instruments lifted to God in praise were a delight to Him. They still are. Even after this life, heaven will be filled with our praises to God! So, why not start now? Among all the other music God has given us to enjoy, let’s make it a priority to honor and praise Him.

Ephesians 5:19-20 says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I’m going to turn no the radio and sing along. Anyone want to join me?