Thursday, December 27, 2012
Working on YOU
Probably the most difficult thing to do in life is change yourself. It's easy to change others, give others advice, or have opinions/judgements on other peoples lives, but so difficult to better or improve ourselves, why? Because it hurts! It takes work, discipline, effort, and energy!
Many times around this time of year, the end of a year and beginning of a new year we want to make resolutions or resolve to be a better person, but really I think we need to do that every day, not just one time a year? It's ok to make resolutions to stop smoking, lose weight, or clean out the attic/garage, but when it comes to being a complete, whole, positive, or healthy all around person mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, etc...we should strive to work on that on a daily basis.
I am not preaching some easy Joel Osteen "Be a better You", becuase it's not always pretty to become a better person. Sometimes you have to end friendships, change jobs, or even chang places you go or people you are around. It may mean admitting fault asking for help, or seeking professional help. I am not sure what you are dealing with or going through anymore than you know what I am, but regardless, we all need to take the steps to be a better person and constantly be working on ourselves.
You don't just come out of the womb and grow into a good friend, husband, wife, father, mother, brother ,sister, grandparent, boss, employee, christian, etc....you have to learn, develop, mature, grow, and work at it. You have to develop healthy social skills, living skills, and learn how to be a better person.
We are all different ages, in different places in our lives, different upbringings, habits, and lifestyles, but God is the same. He is our model. His Word and His church are places we learn, grow, and develop, discover, or deepen what and who He wants us to be.
Overall He wants us to be like Him. Strive to be honest, sincere, giving, and holy. He wants us to have a relationship with Him and then model that relationship that is healthy in other relationships. Marriages, dating, parenting, work, etc...and sometimes its tough. We might struggle in certain areas with certain people and we may have some difficult people in our lives to deal with. Regardless, God can and will help us grow as to be a better YOU if we will be honest with Him, seek Him, make the effort, and remain faithful.
If it weren't for the faithfullness of God I would have given up the faith a long time ago, and I tried before and I tried other things to replace God, and it all ended in failure. I know now that if I am going to be a better Christian, Husband, friend, Father, Minister, or whatever it's only going to be because of me seeking God and His help. I can't do it on my own.
It may not happen overnight or make take a long time on this journey in life, but I pray each of us everyday will work to change ourselves and be the best we can be for God and others.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere