I love being around people that love life; people that aren’t afraid of trying something new and that embrace life with a smile instead of a scowl. It’s easy as we age to become leery of change. If someone does something in a way we’ve never seen done we may tend to shy away from it because it is unfamiliar to us.
I was recently with a couple that is probably in their late 60’s. They were a joy to be around simply because of their attitude. Whatever we did was greeted with a smile and enthusiasm. When we suggested they try a hamburger place near us that is only a drive through and would require us eating in our van, the wife said, “Oh, that will be fun!” When they watched our service order at church and saw things being done a bit differently (nothing unbiblical, only different) they praised my husband for his courage to not let things get into a rut.
This couple encouraged me! Proverbs 12:25 says, Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop, but a good word maketh it glad. Their words encouraged me. We can be that kind of encouragement to those around us today. When our husband suggests doing or going somewhere with him, let’s be quick to say, “Sure!” When our children (or grandchildren)are playing a new video game or our teens are texting on their cell phone, let’s ask them to teach us how to do it! If a co-worker suggests a new way to do something you’ve been doing forever, be open to their way!
Being open to change will encourage a relationship; scowling and shaking our heads will bring distance. Let’s lift someone’s heart today by our good words – even if it requires change.