Have you noticed that most small children like it when adults applaud them?! Most mothers and fathers use applause to reinforce positive behavior in children, whether cheering a successful potty training attempt, making the bed for the first time or learning the ABC’s. The love of applause stays with most people through their life. It stayed with me. One of my favorite pictures in my high school yearbook is a shot of the bleachers during a football game. Most people are sitting and watching the game. The exception is four people on the top row. They are standing, clapping and cheering at the top of their lungs. Who were the four people? My father, mother, brother and girlfriend. I must have made a good play on the field when the picture was snapped!
I bet you also have some memories of times others applauded you, whether in school, at graduation, in the workplace or to honor your achievement.
Philippians 4:8 encourages us to think about “whatever is praiseworthy.”(NIV) Praiseworthy things are things we applaud. Whether moved by a public speaker, a play or action on the sports field, applause erupts because something is just so good! Today, as you focus your thinking on whatever is praiseworthy think about it this way – what can you applaud? Who can you applaud? Open your eyes and discover the praiseworthy actions of others, and cheer!
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