Today I shared Psalm 19:14 on Facebook without even realizing it’s significance on June 1st. Forgetting that it was National Say Something Nice Day, I just posted a Psalm from my morning studies. “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing, in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Why is it so significant for National Say Something Nice Day? Because on my own, I don’t think about saying something nice to people.
I’m happy to say that since my return to Christ over fifteen years ago God has been changing me a lot. I was so selfish and self-centered without even realizing it. The world revolved around my needs and me. Saying something nice to people did not come naturally. With spiritual growth and a devotion to sharing Christ’s love I now find myself saying something nice to total strangers without even thinking about it. I also remember to thank and build up the people that support me a lot more than I used to.
Before my “come to Jesus” I believe that I was a good employer in that I never asked my people to do anything that I didn’t do myself. I can’t stand “do as I say not as I do” people, and I tried to set an example. However, as a Type-A controller I seldom gave accolades for a job well done. Because of my dysfunctional upbringing I noticed what wasn’t done long before I noticed what was. It was a natural penchant for me that I’ve had to work hard on in my codependency recovery. I would follow behind someone who had done something for me and redo it if it wasn’t done exactly to my liking. Where was the thanks in that? How sad for the people that worked for me, as well as my family members who tried to do things to make my life better.
God is so good. He wasn’t only patient with me; he helped others to see my heart and be understanding of my personality flaws. I’m more grateful for that than I can say. With my renewed heart I find it easy to say something nice to people. I get pure joy from telling folks things that make them feel good. And opportunities abound.
Try it out for yourself on the National Say Something Nice Day. Tell your family members how much you love and appreciate them. If you have employees, do the same for them. If you work for someone else, tell them how much you appreciate your job. If you have a good friend that is always there for you let them know how much they mean to you. Tell the checker at the grocery store that she has beautiful eyes. Tell your waitress that her blouse or her hair is beautiful. Tell a complete stranger that you like their smile. Just go for it today. Say something nice to as many people as you possibly can and see how great it makes you feel. I’m looking forward to doing it and you should be too.
If you took the time to read this I thank you. You are a marvelous person. Have a blessed and wonderful day.