I could give you a long list of reasons why you should feel good about yourself. But here are the seven reasons I was directed to share with you.
First, make others feel important by listening to them.
When you listen to others. . .they will eventually do the same for you.
As we’ve mentioned before the letters which form the word LISTEN also create the word SILENT?
Do think there’s a reason why God gave us two ears and one mouth? It’s been recommended that perhaps we should listen twice as much as we talk.
It’s rude and disrespectful to interrupt someone when they’re speaking.
There’s also a difference between hearing and listening.
Did you know that scripture gives us “7 Keys To Being An Effective Listener?” I encourage you to visit www.haroldherring.com and search for this teaching it will take you further on the rewards of being an effective listener.
James 1:19 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.”
Proverbs 12:15 in the New Living Translation says:
“Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”
The law of sowing and reaping is activated when you listen to others because they will in turn listen to you.
Plus, being a good listener will make you feel good.
Second, accept yourself as you are but always be looking for the change in you.
No matter how good you feel about yourself. . .there is always room for growth.
Remember, change first starts in you . . . then it begins to flow through you to your environment.
Someone once said:
“Change is a door that can only be opened from the inside.”
The best way to change your world. . .is to change what you think.
Change is gonna come in our lives. . .one way or another.
Either you will precipitate the change for good. . .or circumstances may change things for the worse.
There is one absolute when it comes to change.
God does not change. . .never has. . .never will. . .but you can change things when they need changing. . .and you should.
Malachi 3:6 says:
“For I am the LORD, I change not. . .”
By trusting God. . .obeying His instructions. . .good change is coming in our lives.
Third, do something good for others every single day.
One of the things that should be on our daily to do list is doing something to bless or help someone else.
Our act of kindness doesn’t need to be BIG. . .sometimes it’s the small things that have the greatest impact or create a lasting remembrance.
A phone call. . .an email. . .a personal note. . .recognizing someone for their accomplishments when others don’t or haven’t. . .the list could go on.
If we purpose and plan to do something good for someone else every day. . .we are activating scriptural principles which will bless us beyond measure.
And yes, with each daily act of kindness. . .you will feel good about yourself.
Ephesians 6:8 says:
“Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
The scriptural application of Ephesians 6:8 (E68 is my favorite verse) is powerful.
If we offer someone else encouragement. . .God will do the same for us.
If we exhort and edify someone else in the Word. . .God will do the same thing for us.
If we bless someone else with the gift of our time. . .God will multiply our time.
If we sow into someone else’s life. . .God will sow into our life.
Some people have compared Ephesians 6:8 to the Golden Rule.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
That’s nice. . .eloquent. . .even moral, but I’m much more interested in having God do unto me what I done unto others. In other words, I want my reward from God for obeying His divine directions.
Our good deeds will bring glory and honor to our Lord. . .and yes, what we’ve done for others. . .He is going to do for us.
Fourth, learn to accept compliments as your due.
Never minimize the good things other people say about you.
Stop saying you don’t deserve compliments for a job well done.
Learn to receive praise and compliments with humility and graciousness. Accepting someone’s compliments doesn’t mean that you’re automatically taking credit from God.
I frequently receive very complimentary words for the things I write whether in a book, blog, Facebook or Tweeter. My response is to say “Thank you. I was so blessed by your kind and encouraging words. . .to God be the glory.”
Never say you don’t deserve it. . .because by speaking those words. . .you’re giving life to them.
Receiving a compliment is not being prideful but thankful.
Not only should we know how to receive compliments but we should also know how to give them.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 in the New International Version which says:
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
Giving and receiving compliments. . .is a simple way to feel good about one’s self.
Fifth, list your past successes and refer to that list often. . .no matter how long or short the list.
This exercise can turn a bad day into a great day.
Write down how God has blessed you in the past 24 hours. . .in every area of your life. Then, I want you to praise Him for it.
Even though nearly everyone has experienced financial or personal setbacks…we have plenty to be thankful for. There are too many basics in life that we take for granted.
The fact that you are able to hear me speak these words. . .that’s plenty to be thankful for. . .there are lots of folks who would love the opportunity to see and read.
The only way to escape what you’re going through is by praising God for what you’ve got.
Colossians 2:7 in the New International Version says:
“. . . rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Sixth, don’t compete with others but only yourself.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
Galatians 6:4-5 in God’s WORD Translation says:
“Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others. Assume your own responsibility.”
This means that we are accountable for our actions. . .what we do or don’t do.
How we act and react. What we say and don’t say.
We can’t blame anybody else for our actions. We’re the master of our own ship . . . the creator of our own destiny. . .and we’re to continually inspect what we’re doing and how it lines up with His word.
When we know that we’ve done the best job possible. . .then is no need to compare ourselves to anybody else.
Galatians 6:4 in the New Living Translation says it this way:
“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”
According to the scripture. . .it’s stupid to compare yourself to anyone else.
2 Corinthians 10:12 in The Living Bible says:
“Oh, don't worry, I wouldn't dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how good they are! Their trouble is that they are only comparing themselves with each other and measuring themselves against their own little ideas. What stupidity!”
Seventh, always confess Rich Thoughts.
You can’t think positive thoughts while speaking negative words.
Success or failure. . .victory or defeat. . .excellence or mediocrity all begin in the mind.
Never allow what other people think or say about you change your thoughts about your ability to achieve your dreams and goals.
It’s what you think about how God thinks about you. . .that will determine your destiny.
Proverbs 23:7 says:
“As he (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
Every thought, word, action and reaction we experience begins in our mind.
Thoughts have substance. The things you think about are the things you speak about. The things you speak about are the things you bring about.
Unfortunately, many people grow up thinking about the negative things others have expressed to them.
It’s time to stop letting other people use your head as a septic tank.
Today, you can begin to put the pure, the powerful, and the positive precepts from the Word of God into your mind.
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