Be nice now

This is a common expression. A group of friends jokingly start cutting on each other. Someone will pop up with that expression, "Be nice now." This is usually a friendly comment. Perhaps we could all do better.

Not long ago I heard someone say that 90 percent of what people say is pessimistic or negative. It is hard to say where that person received or got that information. More than likely it was not meant to be a statement of quantitative or scientific accuracy. It likely was just a general comment of how we as people think. It was probably someone's perception of how we talk and act.

A little humor is good for the soul. Laughter is supposed to be a healthy activity. We should, however, remember that a joke, act or comment is not to be at someone else's expense. It is fine to tell a story on ourselves or perhaps our kind. A good measuring stick is if our words and acts are in harmony with the two great commandments: Love the Lord with all our ...... and love our neighbor as ourselves.

This column has touched on living a life of loving, serving and encouraging over the years. The book of Proverbs and the New Testament have much to say about being careful with our tongue. A simple rule is to ask ourselves if our words and actions are honoring to God and encouraging to our peers.

Hey, Crist, be nice now, watch your tongue.

For the 2010 Club, May 16 takes us to II Kings 17 and John 6.

Have a nice week being nice now.

Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.