Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
those who trust the Lord will be joyful.
The wise are known for their understanding,
and pleasant words are persuasive.
Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,
but discipline is wasted on fools.
From a wise mind comes wise speech;
the words of the wise are persuasive.
Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:20-24
So, I decided to take a blogger challenge from my awesome blogger friend Mel and blog on a human emotion. If you have not read any of Mel’s work, please read her very poetic very deep and well written blog. I would describe her writing as painting with words. The human emotion I have chosen is happiness. This is something we all are after, being happy. Depending on the way you go with your happiness can be either negative or positive. It’s all an intentional choice you have. There are two types of happiness, worldly and godly. Let’s be honest here, a lot of us are after the first one that never satisfies and is never quenched. It’s like the carrot dangled in front of us as if we were rabbits and we can never get the carrot. Once you achieve that worldly possession or goal, we are never satisfied with just that, we have to move on to something new. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have goals, I am saying we should have the right goals and those goals when achieved bring an everlasting happiness.
The above scripture is all about setting the foundation for everlasting godly happiness, which I call joy. Worldly happiness is short term; godly joy lasts forever. The foundation for happiness begins with reading God’s word every day. We learn about God and we gain understanding, when that happens joy is just around the corner. We begin to desire the things of God and when our worldly goals change to godly goals, selfishness takes a back seat. We are filled with the Holy Spirit and so the overflowing method begins. The overflowing method is when the Holy Spirit fills you to overflowing and you overflow into others’ lives. You become significant in changing others because of the overflowing of joy in your life.
Joyous speech is the next thing that happens when you are joyful and overflowing. Your words are life-giving and uplifting to people. People are drawn to your light. We are understanding when even we have not gone through the same thing another person has gone through. Empathy can go a long way in freeing someone from hurt. Your encouraging words can change the course of someone’s life. Three of the above five verses, talk about speech and its importance. Words can tear down or build up. The overflowing method’s main thrust is our uplifting words.
The last thing that keeps us joyful in our overflowing method is discretion. We cannot save everyone. We can’t be everything to everyone. We have to be Holy Spirit sensitive to know what people God has put into our path and those He has not. There are people that don’t care to be helped and can be life-sucking. If you get involved with them, you will find your joy stolen. You can focus your attention on those that want to be helped. I’m not saying we should not be encouraging to everyone, but there are some people that might need someone else’s touch than yours. If you go ahead of God, you are doing your ministry in your own power and burnout will happen. God’s love gives us discretion to handle only what He wants us to handle.
The overflowing method is a labor of love that starts with the Holy Spirit, moves into your life, and becomes your labor of love into someone else. True happiness is not found in things or lofty worldly goals, it’s found when we become followers of Jesus and become involved in the lives of others in order to help and to encourage. Someone once said the most unhappiest pursuit is the pursuit of happiness. I think we can change that and say the pursuit of worldly happiness. If we pursue godly happiness, the overflowing method happens and we are filled with an everlasting joy.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.