9 November 2011

If You Can't Say Anything Nice

Why is it so much easier to criticise than to edify?  I am really bad about this, being quick to speak negatively about someone or thing, instead of trying to see the good first or just keeping silent.  When I'm reading things, I find myself reading through things that anger me and getting irritated with comments, leading me to join the fray, if only in my mind.  What's more, that negativity seems to infect my interactions during the day, too.

When I'm writing, too, I find it easier to be negative than positive at times.  There are legitimate times for criticism, but it can be done in a way that isn't demeaning or so negative.  Unfortunately, I struggle with that as well.  So in thinking about this, I'm thinking that I should be more careful to refrain from reading and writing things that do not edify at all.  I'm not talking about just going with sappy/happy things, for that isn't realistic, but ensuring that my tone isn't so negative/condescending/etc.  I also pray that I can follow this in my conversation. With God's grace, all things are possible.

1 comment:

  1. Ugh, I struggle with this as well...I mean, I nicknamed myself "The Ranter" so obviously I can be caustic.