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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Applause"

Applause“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. ”     Romans 14:19

   A man and wife sat charmed at an outdoor performance by young Suzuki violin students.  After the concert, an instructor spoke briefly on how children as young as two, three and four years old are taught to play the violin.  The first thing the children learn, he said, is a proper stance.  And the second thing the children learn--even before they pick up the violin--is how to take a bow.  "If the children just play the violin and stop, people may forget to show their appreciation," the instructor said.  "But when the children bow, the audience invariably applauds.  And applause is the best motivator we've found to make children feel good about performing and want to do it well."
  
   Adults like applause, too.  In fact, we all like a little applauding every now and then.  We need to be encouraged in our daily performances, and so do others around us.  Maybe we should put more praise into our marriages and watch them rekindle cold feelings.  Perhaps we should be just as quick to praise a friend as we can to critique.  It may be that our children could use a little more applause when they follow our training.  Let each of us determine to offer more applause to the performances of those around us.




Study verses - Gal 5:15; I Thess 5:11; Eccl 4:9,10; Heb 12:12



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Previous devotions


Finish! - January 11, 2011
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2011
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011
"Anger" - October 26, 2011
"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011

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