Proverbs 27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
I have learned so many valuable things from Pastor Esposito. He would often come up with slogans that would help drive home a point or a biblical principle that he was trying to teach. He had slogans like:
“35 miles-an-hour rule.” This means that someone misunderstood what he was saying.
“You don’t get what you expect, you get what you inspect.” He was making the point of not just giving someone a job and expecting them to do it, but inspecting it so they would do it and do it right.
“That’s an idea.” When he said this, basically, you knew it was not a good idea.
“You birth it, you bathe it.” This basically means: if you came up with the idea, you should follow up and take care of the idea and not pass it off to someone else.
There are many more that I could list, but one of my favorites was: “You get what you praise.” Praise is a powerful tool! Praise is like water to a dehydrated desert dweller; a buffet to a famished and starving refugee; a warm coat to a freezing body; and a comfortable bed to a tired and weary traveler. Proper praise is like a battery recharge to a drained and empty son, daughter, spouse, employer, or employee. Praise is a tool that we seldom use, but is super effective.
The Bible says in Proverbs 27:21, “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.” I want to challenge you to take this verse and make it a daily reminder to use the power of praise to help the people that you minister to, especially your own family. Yes, they will fail. Yes, they will mess up. Yes, you will have to correct them! But make it a point on purpose to think of ways that you can praise. Find every opportunity to praise your child, your spouse, your worker, and your boss. How often? As much as you can. Some say seven praises to one rebuke. I don’t know the exact number, but make sure it is more praise than you rebuke.
I challenge you to establish a custom to praise more than rebuke. Praise every effort that you see. You can say a nice word or make a kind compliment. Make it your pursuit to praise and encourage the ones that God has called you to serve. Remember, “You get what you praise!” As you practice this principle, you will see that praising will help direct your loved ones more effectively and draw them toward you with appreciation and love.
As Christians we have a responsibility to be a light in this dark world, to be a living testimony of the grace of God, and to train up our children in the way they should go.
I fear that because we’re around certain things so much, we can become numb to it, and that things that should bother us, no longer do.