We should always believe in ourselves and know that we are meant to achieve
greatness in life. God has given each of us special gifts and talents that
are meant to be used for our betterment and for the betterment of those
around us. We have been blessed with gifts, talents and abilities that no
one else possesses, but many times because of difficult or discouraging
situations, we begin to doubt how special we are and we believe the lies
of the enemy who tells us that we are nothing special. What we must remind
ourselves is that we are an original creation by the Hand of Almighty God.
There isn't another you anywhere in this world. You are a beautiful,
original and a one of a kind creation. When God was finished making you
He broke the mold so that you can't be re-created again. See yourself as
special, as unique, as set apart and most importantly see yourself as a
child of God who is loved more than you can ever know. Strive to be the
best you that you can be and don't worry about what everyone else is
doing. Don't become jealous or envious because of the successes or
triumphs of others, but rather be happy for them and know that greatness
lies within you just the same.
I encourage you to always focus on your abilities and what you were put on
this earth for. See that your life is just as meaningful and important as
anyone else's and with your whole heart apply yourself in the areas that
you excel. We can't allow ourselves to live someone else's dream. We
must fulfill our life's destiny and do our best to make God proud by using
all that He has given us to the best of our ability. When we are content
with who we are that is when we will reach heights that we never thought
possible. Be encouraged to believe in yourself again as God believes in
you and do all that you can to bring to fruition every dream and desire is
in your heart because the strength that is within you will allow you to do it.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always believe
in yourself and know that you are just as special as anyone else around you.
FREE TO BE ME
I like what Quentin Crisp said about social mobility: “Keeping up with the
Joneses was a full-time job with my mother and father. It was not until
many years later when I lived alone that I realized how much cheaper it
was to drag the Joneses down to my level.”
And speaking of social mobility…two women happened to be seated next to
each other on a plane and struck up an earnest conversation about their
“Where I’m from,” one woman sniveled, “we place all our emphasis on breeding.”
Her new companion, unimpressed and uninterested in this yardstick for
measuring the value of a person, just smiled. “We think that’s a lot of
fun, too – but we do find time for other pursuits.”
Some people try to impress. They want to elevate themselves by conspicuous
breeding, social standing, education and life-style. They believe that to
be “well-bred, well-fed, well-read and well-wed” just may help them find
some happiness (and a satisfying bit of deference from others).
These symbols have little meaning for other individuals. They care little
about how people see them. The only standards which concern them are those
they set themselves. The person they really want to please and impress
most is the one looking back from the mirror.
I believe that, more than anyone else, these people know what it is to be
free. Why? Because they’re free from what others think about them. They
are free from feeling like they always have to please other people. They
are not programmed to behave a certain way because others expect it.
One man I know likes to say, “Be yourself. Everybody else is already
taken.” But I think that author and educator Leo Buscaglia may have said
it best. “The easiest thing to be in the world is you,” he said. “The most
difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them
put you in that position.” And that’s advice worth following.
Who decides what you will do? Who decides who you will be? Who decides
what is important to you? Who sets your standards? Ultimately, who do you
Really want to impress? Somebody else…or yourself?
The point is this: you can’t please everybody, nor should you try. So why
not be sure you at least try to please the right person? That’s Real freedom.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.”
Matthew 5:8-12 Jesus says “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall
see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely,
for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in
heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall
direct thy paths.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE CHOICES WE MAKE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: A BETTER WAY
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry