Going Up, Please

I’m leading a fun discussion at the En-Gedi Youth Center with a bunch of excited 6th Graders. Our class is called “An Elevation, A Mirror, And A Guy Called Bob” which is based on John Maxwell’s book Winning With People.

In Winning With People, Dr. Maxwell shares 25 principles for improving our interpersonal skills. In my class at the youth center, we’ve already covered the lens principle, and the elevator principle.

The elevator principle basically says that we can only take people up or take them down in our interactions with them. There are no “neutral” interactions. I’m encouraging our students to always take people up.

One way we do that is by pausing to T.H.I.N.K before we speak. Before speaking, ask yourself, “Is what I’m about to say…

  • True
  • Helpful
  • Inspiring
  • Necessary
  • Kind?”

This isn’t just good advice for 6th Graders. We all would do well to remember to T.H.I.N.K. As Winston Churchill said,

“By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.”

Thursdays With Oswald—Melt My Prejudices

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

Melt My Prejudices

     Until the Holy Spirit comes in we see only along the line of our prejudices. When we let the Holy Spirit come in, He will blow away the lines of our prejudices with His dynamic power, and we can begin to “go” in God’s light. 

     A darkened heart is a terrible thing, because a darkened heart may make a man peaceful. A man says—“My heart is not bad, I am not convicted of sin; all this talk about being born again and filled with the Holy Spirit is so much absurdity.” The natural heart needs the Gospel of Jesus, but it does not want it, it will fight against it, and it takes the convicting Spirit of God to make men and women know they need to experience a radical work of grace in their hearts. 

     …The only way to alter the hardened heart is to melt it, and the only power that can melt it is the fire of the Holy Ghost. 

From Biblical Psychology

It’s scary to think that my darkened heart can make me numb to the convicting of the Holy Spirit. All the more reason that I need to pray the prayers of the psalmist:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalm 139:23, 24)

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. (Psalm 51:10, 11)

O, Holy Spirit, melt my prejudices! Keep my heart tender before You!

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