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Self-esteem is about what — and whom — we identify with. It’s about how we feel about ourselves, and not what others think about us. Self-esteem is defined as a belief in oneself, or self-respect. Another definition says it is proper respect for oneself and one’s worth as a person.
How we view ourselves is important, and it will determine how we treat others as well. We are taught that we shouldn’t think too highly of ourselves, and we definitely don’t want to become conceited; but, on the other hand, we don’t want to demean ourselves to the point of self-loathing, either. We need to see ourselves as God’s creation — fearfully and wonderfully made.
We will make mistakes, but it’s healthy for us to like ourselves. We’re not perfect, and still need to work on things; but we shouldn’t allow the actions and speech of others to blind us to our own value and worth. Self-esteem is about how we view ourselves, so let’s begin to see ourselves in a better light, and not worry about our shortcomings — work on them, and acknowledge that we were created to be incredible!
Just a thought,
Published on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 7:51 AM CDT
Managing our time wisely is a key to being successful. If we don’t manage our schedule, our schedule will manage us. In other words, if we don’t prioritize what’s important to us, and for us to do, our time won’t be used to maximize our efforts. We should have schedules — schedules can help us stay focused. Without a schedule, we will waste so much time.
Some things we hear people say are: “I don’t have enough time,” or “There isn’t enough time in the day.” But there is enough time if we prioritize what are the next important things we need to do. It was important for me to watch my kids participate in sports. So, I would schedule their games on my calendar. It was an appointment. When other things would come up, I would have to decline if they conflicted with that appointment.
Scheduling our time, properly managing our time, will help us get more done in a day. We allot time for everything — 30 minutes for this, an hour for that. It will increase our productivity as we schedule our time.
Time is so precious, so let’s begin to manage it more efficiently. If we do it right, it will also help alleviate stress and running ourselves ragged.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 5:06 AM CDT
Focus is a word that gets thrown around a lot. But I think at times it is difficult for people to do.
Focus! It is a real desire to find something. Clarity comes from focus. Focus doesn’t have a deadline. Aristotle said, “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
When we are focused — really focused — we commit to the work; we commit to the direction. Focus takes time and a commitment towards the goal. So, let’s begin to be committed to focus on God and His word. He did say, “All things are possible to them that believe” (Mark 9:23).
What we focus on could determine our attitude. If we focus on all the inequities in life, we will tend to be cynical, disillusioned. But if we focus on that which is good, true, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, we will tend to have a better outlook on life (Phil. 4:8). If we focus on God and His word, our attitudes will be so much healthier. We will begin to see what is possible instead of seeing only the road blocks. We will experience greater hope for all of our tomorrows instead of hopelessness. What we focus on, give our attention to, does determine our outlook on life.
It’s our choice what we choose to focus on. So, let’s choose God.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 7:03 AM CDT