Never Gotten Taller Making Someone Else Feel Small

Three days into the Lenten challenge of lifting women instead of tearing them down, how’s it going?

If you find yourself easily slipping into the habit of talking behind your hand about someone else’s outfit or even thinking snarky comments to yourself about that person in the office who always seems to get the raise or the good assignments, stop and ask yourself why you’re doing it. And how does it help you?

Tearing others down to build yourself is like shooting tequila to get rid of pain. It may bring temporary relief, but it doesn’t do anything for your overall health and, if it becomes a habit, will actually do you harm. Taking pleasure in putting others down is as bad (or worse!) for us than it is for the object of our disdain.

When you talk, don’t say anything bad. But say the good things that people need—whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you. Ephesians 4:49 [ERV]

Blessings rather than cursing is just better for everyone. To add a little levity to the discipline, here’s a little reminder from Kacey Musgraves. It kind of stays with you. #wlw4lent

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