Praise is infectious! I've discovered that people either succumb to the disease or are repulsed by it, cowering away into the shadows.
I became more aware of this during one of our Subaru breakdowns on Rt. 419 a few years ago. Chuck and I were in the car coming home after work when we experienced some engine difficulties that necessitated a stop.
A few minutes after getting out of the car, a man and his ten-year-old daughter pulled up beside us and asked if we needed help. Chuck explained the problem and the man offered to give us a ride home. Chuck accepted the offer and joined the man in the front seat, while I slid in the back with his daughter.
After exchanging cordialities, Chuck witnessed to the fellow who turned out to be a Mormon. I took my cue and asked the little girl about her church and beliefs. I reciprocated with info about my church and beliefs.
The comment that followed revealed great insight on the part of this young girl. She said, "You know, I used to visit a Baptist church with my grandma. I liked it. It seemed so alive! Our church seems so dead."
I explained to her that there is good reason for that aliveness. "You see, Christians serve a risen Savior and that makes all the difference in the world."
The church the girl mentioned was obviously infectious with praise. She noticed. I left that encounter marveling at her simple childlike perception.
I left with a greater sense of thankfulness for the life my Savior brings to each and every person who will choose to believe and receive Him with an open heart.
"Lord, when I focus on Your supreme sacrifice on the cross for all time, that You are now alive and seated at the right hand of God, my heart leaps for joy!"
Eileen Rife, author of Laughing with Lily, conducts marriage seminars with her husband and speaks on a variety of topics to women’s groups. She is currently working on two novels: Seasons of Hope and December Sunrise. www.eileenrife.com, www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com