Anything Praiseworthy

Philippians 4:8 — Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (NIV).

Something praiseworthy is deserving of approval, a person or idea that should be commended. Heidi and I went to an outdoor music festival a few years ago. Nine or ten artists performed over the course of the two-day event, and there were over forty-five thousand people in attendance. There were five musical acts the day we attended, but only one of them blew us away.

I’ve set through many concerts in my lifetime. I’ve heard bands that should rethink their careers, and I’ve heard others who are absolutely awesome. I had anticipated this certain individual’s set all afternoon. I knew he would not disappoint, but he totally exceeded my expectations. His guitar playing was second to none, he sang beautifully, and he related well to the audience. It was the greatest musical performance I have ever experienced in a concert setting. Keith Urban put on an amazing show.

When he was finished, the crowd roared their approval and applauded (myself included). He was to be commended; his performance was definitely praiseworthy.

I want to challenge you today to think about what is praiseworthy. Keep alert, and look for opportunities to applaud the people who surround you. If one of your children does something exceptional, voice your approval and appreciation. If a coworker or subordinate resolves a pressing issue at work, commend him or her. How many times a day do we miss out on blessing others for their accomplishments?

Don’t miss the positive things in life because you’re so focused on the negative. Readjust your thinking today, and give praise where praise is due.

2 Corinthians 10:18 — For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends (NIV).

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