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Are You Sharing or Receiving Your Value?

Encouragement Today

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Today’s Encouragement is coming again from the character trait of value through the power of humility.

I believe these work together in today’s reminder because many people fall in the trap of believing their value is reversed in this situation.

Many people determine their “value” based on what they receive and not what they give.

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.  Albert Einstein

I think this seen in two common areas in life. We see it in those who lack self-worth and in the people who are in leadership positions.

I believe the people who lack self-worth fall into this trap because they do not see their own worth and value in what they give to others.

They do not see the value their life offers to others. As a result their life becomes about what they receive rather then what they give because they become so focused on what they are not receiving from others instead of what they do receive.

For these people, a cycle of negativity begins and they become pessimistic. When the cycle of pessimism continues, they see their worth only as valuable as what they receive and not what they share with others.

When this occurs, it becomes an emotionally dangerous cycle, but if this person could identify this is occurring, it could be changed and they could learn to live a much more gratifying life.

They would be able see and share their value with others again.

The second category I list are those who are in leadership positions. I believe this occurs because of a reversed logic.

This person becomes arrogant in believing they are so good in their job and in life that others are to share things such as respects and materialism with them. This allows them to believe their value is based on what others do for them and not what they share with others.

As a result, this person looses the value of what their life has to give for a completely different reason.

In this situation, humility would begin the healing process. Once they become more humble, they would be able to see their own “real” value and would learn that sharing it with others is a more fulfilling feeling then always receiving it from others.

There are many more situations where people loose their ability to see their value, but I felt God wanted me to focus on these two groups today.

I am not sure if this affects any of you today, but if it does, today’s challenge is to seek God and ask Him how you can reverse this role and experience the wonderful feeling of sharing your value then to receive it all the time. 

 

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Motivational Monday

Beauty is Found in Your Character and Strength

Do you look in the mirror and are struggling to like what you see?

Do you feel like you must follow the commercials on TV and social media that are trying to sell you the latest line of youthful cosmetics, beauty aids, gym equipment, vitamins, and organic healthy foods and drinks?

Your motivational reminder today is that you are “Beautiful” both inside and outside.

God created you perfect in his image.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; “my soul knows it very well.”  Psalm 139:14 (ESV)

Your beauty runs deep down into who you are and what Designmakes up your personality, your character, and even your soul.

Have you ever noticed when you look past a person’s outer appearance and look deep into a person’s eyes, you are able to see how either beautiful or shallow a person is?

This is because your true beauty is found inside, not on the outside of your appearance.

Let your eyes, your smile and your character shine through so others are able to see your “true” beauty.

Remember God’s words, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Lastly, let this verse be one you cling to when you struggle with what you and your mirror see.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25 (ESV)

My friend, strength and dignity are extremely valuable traits that will allow your true beauty to shine brightly.

Allow these character traits to be who the “true” you is and where your “beauty” comes from.

Smile and allow your beauty to shine brighter than the brightest of day.

 

 

 

 

Encouragement Today, Journey

Encouragement Today

I am bringing back one of my favorites today on Character.

Click on the above link to take you to the post.

Character development isn’t always an easy process, but it is one that we all go through during our life time. Our life circumstances mold us into who God is wanting us to become. Hang on tight as the ride might be a bit bumpy, but have faith in God that His plan is always perfect. Remember the refining process of precious gems takes a lot of heat, molding, and shaping before it can become a “fine and precious gem”. 

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” 1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJV

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