Life can be hard, but it's even harder when you go into it with the wrong mindset. Here are 5 things to remind yourself every day!
1. It's not about you
Yea, yea, I'm sure you've heard this before. Nevertheless, it's an important reminder to look for opportunities to serve, regardless of whether it inconveniences us or gets in the way of our own objectives.
Furthermore, I want to stress that just because "It's not about you;" that doesn't mean it's about other people!
It's not about them either; it's all about imaging God on this earth and in accordance with that command, we must serve one another.
2. Worth, not worthy
This one might not make sense to you, but let me explain.
The self-esteem movement has become quite prominent in the last decade and with it has brought some very deceptive messages.
One of which is that we are perfect just the way we are. Let me put this gently:
THAT IS NOT TRUE!!!
Sorry about that, but to be honest with you, this lie is responsible for deceiving many into complacency in regard to their own moral standing before God.
You see, many people find their worth in the fact that they believe themselves to be perfect just the way they are.
In fact, the Bible says something very different.
First off, we are not perfect just the way we are. The Bible continually makes reference to the fact that not only are we imperfect, but evil and sinful by nature.
"Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind." Ephesians 2:3
Second, our worth should not be found in our distorted self-esteem.
Instead, it should be found in the One who made us in His image and has placed an objective worth upon us, not based on our performance, morally or otherwise.
3. Confidence, not pride
God has given you talents and skills, some of which were apparent from birth and others that have been developed over time.
However, having confidence in your ability to perform these talents and skills that God has equipped you with, is very important.
However, there is a problem that arises when we start to develop an unhealthy pride.
What's the difference, you ask?
Pride is the inner praise of self
God-honoring confidence is the belief in God's faithfulness to equip you for the task at hand
Every day, we must remind ourselves to adhere to the second characteristic.
4. Don't waste your life, wishing you had someone else's
Do you ever just think while scrolling through social media "Wow, that person has such an awesome life... I wish my life was that great." I know most of us have.
This sentiment often contributes to an unhealthy and more importantly unbiblical self-pity.
First, social media often presents a distorted reality of one's life. Therefore, a longing for this kind of unrealistic reality is futile and demotivating to one's own life.
Furthermore, while this self-pity may seem justified based on one's circumstance, it nevertheless is an ungodly dismissal of the place and time in which God has placed you.
5. You can't do it.... Alone
As much as we love to pretend to be self-sufficient, we are not.
Furthermore, we cannot. God did not design you to thrive on your own, he designed you to be connected to a network of people that can encourage you, pray for you, and love you.
You can't do it alone, but thank God you don't have to.
What's another thing you should remind yourself every day?
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