Wouldn’t life be lots more happy if we praised the good we see? For there’s such a lot of goodness in the worst of you and me!

On a recent trip back from visiting my daughter, Bobbie, and her hubby, Jordan, I stopped at an old cemetery, church, and school house. The doors were unlocked and open for curious lookers like myself.

And curious I was as I tried to sit in the old school desks, as I flipped through the old Bibles, as I tried to imagine what drew these particular groups of people together so many years ago.

Pinned in the church building was a copy of a poem said to have been written in 1934 by Louis C. Simon. I couldn’t look away and found myself smiling as I read it. Have a read.

I Know Something Good About You.

Wouldn’t this old world be better

   If the folks we meet would say–

“I know something good about you!”

   And treat us just that way?

 

Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy

   If each handclasp, fond and true

Carried with it this assurance–

   “I know something good about you!”

 

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy

   If the good that’s in us all

Were the only thing about us

   That folks bothered to recall?

 

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy

   If we praised the good we see?

For there’s such a lot of goodness

   In the worst of you and me!

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to practise

   That fine way of thinking, too?

You know something good about me,

   I know something good about you?

What if we started treating each other that way? What if in our handshakes and hugs, prayers and petitions, recommendations and affirmations, we actually sincerely practiced this?

What if we looked for good in others, do you think life would be lots more happy?

I do because I think Jesus saw something good in us. It’s why he became Emmanuel, God With Us.

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