Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only (speak) what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29
My aunt, a career educator and accomplished reading specialist for elementary children, recently told me that children need 30 praises a day. Wow! That’s a lot! And I don’t think it’s just kids who benefit from 30 praises a day. We all do! Think about all the people you’re in contact with during the day. Who wouldn’t benefit from being praised?
Who do you praise? How many praises a day are you giving out? Hmmm…good questions, huh?
Friends, in these troubling times when there seems to be more bad than good in the news, let’s put focus back on the positive by being positive!
Let’s take A 30 PRAISES A DAY CHALLENGE by giving 30 praises a day for 30 days!
Praise your spouse, kids, neighbors, parents, siblings, friends, extended family, co-workers, people you talk with by phone or send emails, and each person you come in contact with throughout the day.
LOOK for ways to offer praise! Send a word of praise to those who assist you or are important to you. Share praises with your church staff, school staff, and people who make a difference in the world around you. Don’t forget the ‘every day’ people in our lives…those who work the drive-up windows, run registers at the stores, bus drivers, people you meet throughout the course of your day.
For an added challenge…share a word of praise with someone you struggle with, don’t like too much, or might even consider an enemy. The Bible tells us to love our enemy. A word of praise might just be the key to unlocking a better relationship or healing past hurts.
Want a little more challenge? In addition to giving praises every day…try to avoid criticizing others or being negative to them!
MOST IMPORTANT…Be sure to share your praises with God!
Tell people you’re taking part in a 30 Praises A Day Challenge. Maybe they’ll be inspired to do the same!
I also suggest starting a Praise Journal.
- Get a small notebook or actual bound journal. Label it as your Praise Journal.
- DAILY PAGES: Mark 30 days in your pages. Use these daily pages to list the praises you’ve shared.
- Leave a space at the bottom for your daily pages for personal notes – how giving praises made you feel and the responses you received from others.
- You can also use your daily pages to write your praises/prayer thoughts for God.
- PEOPLE I WANT TO PRAISE: Make a list of the people you need to contact. Set aside a regular block of time (even just 15 minutes) to write notes, send emails, or make phone calls to share your praises.
- PERSONAL PRAISES PAGE: Use this page to record the personal praises you discover from sharing praises with others!
Let’s do this!
Dear God, I’m excited about the 30 Praises a Day Challenge! I know it will make a positive difference in the lives of those involved. And the best part is that when we bless others, we bless you! May YOUR blessings be upon our efforts, and may our efforts be pleasing and glorifying to YOU. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.