Morning Prayer Reflection: Do our words bless or curse?

I will give you glory, O God my King, I will bless your name forever...
Let me speak the praise of the Lord, let all mankind bless his holy name.

Psalm 145:1, 21

It's a daily struggle to live out the lesson learned in kindergarten - if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. We didn't know then that it was more than a rule for childhood. This is direct instruction from our Lord. On numerous occassions we are encouraged to build each other up, but more than that, to first give praise and glory to God in all things. Yet, I know I can go through an entire day and not realize the praise I owe Him, or the glory of His works throughout my day. What's worse, I can go through longer periods of time not realizing that when my words and actions do nothing to build up those around me, when we gossip and mock, that we inflict that onto our Lord.

At the end of the day, have your words been those of blessing today, given praise and glory to God? If you struggle with this, you may consider starting a 'blessings journal' to help you. At the end of the day, reflect on where God was present and how your were blessed. Even on your worst day, pray that just one blessing might be revealed. In time, see how God changes your heart.

Be blessed!!