The First Five Minutes
What you say in the first five minutes can set the tone for the hours that follow.
Good speakers understand they must grab the audience’s attention in the first five minutes, otherwise the opportunity to have an impact on them or move them to action can be lost. The same principle applies to your family. The first five minutes of a morning can determine how a mother will interact with her children that day. A snarl or a complaint as the kids gather for breakfast can sour their relationship for hours.
When a man arrives home from work at the end of the day, the way he greets his wife can influence their interaction throughout the evening. If he mutters, ‘Not tuna casserole again!’ the relationship can be put on edge until bedtime. But it doesn’t have to be that way in your house!
When you’ve been apart from those you love, you can do an attitude check and reset your mood before you walk through the door. It’s okay to share your concerns but, generally speaking, you should leave work-related problems at work.
Question: Does your family look forward to you coming home each night? If not, why not?
A little sensitivity on your part can go a long way, and bring you wonderful benefits. The Bible says: ‘An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.
Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life…’ (vv. 19-21 NLT).
Remember: it depends on the first five minutes.
‘…The right words bring satisfaction.’ Proverbs 18:20 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
We have been approved by God & entrusted with the gospel!
So we speak, not to please man, but to please God who test our hearts! Like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you & encouraged you & charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom & glory!
We ask & urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more & more! For this is the will of God your sanctification!
You are children of the light, children of the day! We are not of the night or of the darkness! So then let us not sleep, as other do, but let us keep awake!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you! Do not quench the spirit! Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, he who calls you is faithful, he will surely do it!
Go has promised us soooooo much! Believe him today & you will live amazed! Do not quench his spirit! Live 4 him! Never delay!