Discarding Dis

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Little Robby took a bite of his drumstick. "Yum! Dis is good," he declared.

"Not dis, Robby. You need to say this," his brother Sid corrected. "Put your tongue on the edge of your upper teeth. Now say th-h-h-h." Robby made the sound successfully.

"Your did it!" approved Robby's sister Tina with a smile. "Now say th-h-his."

Obediently, Robby did as he was told. "Th-h-h-h-dis," he said, beaming.

Tina and Sid laughed along with Mom and Dad. "That's okay, Robby. You'll get it soon," Tina assured him.

"We put dis in front of a lot of words to change the meaning to the exact opposite of what the original word meant," said Dad. "I think we all need to get rid of a dis or two. For example, put dis before obey, and what do you have?"

"Disobey," replied Sid.

"Right," agreed Dad, "and we're all guilty of disobeying now and then."

"But who do you and Mom have to obey?" Tina asked in surprise.

"Well, for one thing, we have to obey the Lord," suggested Mom.

"Yes, and He says we are to obey the laws of our country," added Dad. "Like many adults, I find it easy to go over the speed limit." After a moment, he asked, "What other dis can you think of?"

Mom spoke up quickly. "Not too long ago someone lied about me. Ever since then, I've disliked her," she said. "I'm going to ask God to take away that dis and help me forgive her."

"How about being dishonest?" suggested Sid.

Tina spoke up, too. "Or being discontented or disagreeable?" she offered.

"And sometimes we're discouraged," said Mom.

Dad nodded. "Good thinking," he said. "So do we all agree that we should discard some of the disses in our lives?"

Sid nodded. "Sure,"he said with a grin, "but I'm glad it's dis--not des--that we need to get rid of. It's time for dessert, isn't it?"

Dad laughed. "I think you're right," he said. "Lets enjoy it, but let's not forget to ask God to help us do away with the disses that turn a good word--and sometimes a good mood--into a bad one."

How About You?
Is there a dis that you should discard? So many words beginning with the syllable dis are what we call negative words. They're not words that encourage us in our walk with God. Think about it. Perhaps you'd like to make a list of those that find their way into your life. Ask the Lord to help you get rid of them and let the Holy Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Ask Him help you develop a positive, joyful outlook toward Him and His Word--and toward other people, too.

Today's Key Verse:
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
(Ephesians 4:23)

Today's Key Thought:
Develop positive attitudes