yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you." -James
April 25, 2017
it pay to be nice? Is their a reward for human kindness?
The Forum for Truth and Culture addresses that question:
"The old cliché that nice
guys finish last is commonly thrown around when it seems like the
world has treated us unfairly. Perhaps part of the reason that saying
has stuck around through the years is that experience would seem to
back it up. But does that mean that it really is in our best interest
to go through life as selfish, mean, and ruthless people?
it does not. New research from Dr. Mitch Prinstein, a professor and
director of clinical psychology at UNC Chapel Hill, demonstrates that
nice guys (and girls) don’t have to finish last. We just buy into
that idea because it’s often true in one of our most formative
periods of life. As Sarah Maslin Nir
York Times, the kinds of qualities that make one popular early in
life and in adulthood—sharing, kindness, openness, etc—simply
aren’t prized in adolescence. There, “status born of power and
even notorious behavior” reign supreme.
Dr. Prinstein found, however, “Those who were highest in status in
high school, as well as those least liked in elementary school, are
‘most likely to engage in dangerous and risky behavior.'”
Essentially, if your teens are the best years of your life, it might
not speak well about who you are as an adult.
the study also found that the kind of life that leads to being liked
outside those adolescent years “creates opportunities for learning
and for new kinds of life experiences that help somebody gain an
advantage.” It turns out that being nice to others isn’t just a
byproduct of an easier life but can actually help to create that
that’s true, though, then why does it so often seem like we’re
penalized for being kind to others? Part of it is simply the fact that
we live in a fallen world where everyone goes through times of
hardships and persecution to some extent. Jesus was clear that
following him would not save us from such a fate (John 15:18–21)
and that we shouldn’t be surprised when those trials come.
think an equally important reason, however, is that we tend to
remember the times that we feel as though we were wronged far more
clearly than the times where the opposite was true. As a result, our
interpretation of the world around us will be consistently skewed
towards the negative unless we actively try to view things from a more
positive perspective. If you doubt that’s true, just think back to
the last time you felt like you were treated unfairly. Now try and
remember a time where you were given the credit you deserved. Which
memory is more vivid and emotionally charged? For me, at least, the
negative experiences have always stood out much more clearly than the
it doesn’t have to be that way. John Green could have been writing
from the depths of my soul when he stated “The degree to which I am
blessed staggers me . . . the degree to which I take that for granted
shames me.” The cure to the belief that kindness is never rewarded
in this life is to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” and
allow him to grant us the perspective we so desperately need (2
"As Richelle E. Goodrich quipped, “You can
add up your blessings or add up your troubles. Either way, you’ll
find you have an abundance.” So let God help you focus on the
blessings instead of the troubles, remembering that the latter don’t
have to outweigh the former. When we do, it will go a long way towards
helping us live as the sort of kind and compassionate people his word
calls us to be (Ephesians 4:23).
Will that describe you today?"
look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile, and a
positive word! RA
all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all
the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.
When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know
you will catch them.
Every night we go to bed without any assurance of waking up the
next morning, but still we set the alarm clock to wake up.
We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of
We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have
On an old man's shirt was written a sentence 'I am not 80 years
old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.'
a happy day and live your life like the six stories.
partnership with A.I.M. is ongoing. It's time to start bringing food items
for the next delivery.
Southside Area Youth
accepted to help with youth activities
Hunt" was quite successful.
you to the many who helped with the event!
honor of Josh May
sympathy of the congregation is extended to Myra and Doyle White.
Myra's brother-in-law, Ed Yonkey passed away Wednesday. A memorial service
will be Friday in Johnson City, Tennessee.
sympathy of the congregation is also extended to Chris and Shannon Greenwald as well
as Chris' family. His father, Gary Greenwald, passed away March 9.
A memorial will be conducted later.
want to thank the entire Cedar Grove congregation for the support of my
family over the past year as my dad has been sick, and over the last few
weeks in particular, with his passing. The cards, letters, hugs and calls
are an indication of the love for our family and the impact that dad had
on others. The Cedar Grove family has always been there for Shannon and
myself. I just wanted to thank you for the ongoing support.
Cedar Grove Family,
you very for making my 97th birthday so wonderful with the fudge, young
folks' dinner, birthday cake, cards, flowers, and gifts!
are very special to me!
Cedar Grove Family,
you very much for all the cards, phone calls, prayers, and the beautiful
It is such a blessing to be a part of such a loving Christian
family! I love you all.
Cedar Grove Family
you very much for the concern you showed when my arm was broken.
We appreciate your prayers, calls and the meals you brought.
We give thanks for you all!
and Eddie Brown
Stan Caudle is now home from the
Kathy Ripley is schedule
for surgical procedure next week, April 28.
Steve Perry scheduled for knee
surgery on May 9.
Ed and Randi Kelly’s grandson,
Will Welles has a condition that may be psoriatic arthritis.
The family is going to travel to Duke this Friday for more studies.
Jones is confined due to shingles.
Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan
McBride, Linda Moore, Lanier Richards, Janice Smith, Keith Tatum and Jimmy
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