Starting over, a new direction, leaving the past behind, a fresh start
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King Jr
A lot of us have yet to fully realize that we are the individual person who is responsible for how our own life is going. We may not be in charge of much of anything else, but when it gets down to it, we are responsible for us. If our life is headed in a good direction, then some credit belongs to us. If our life is not what we want it to be or what we dream about it being, the responsibility for this largely comes to rest upon our own shoulders.
Many of us have had the experience of being out shopping or dining at a restaurant and have experienced what we consider unacceptable service. When we have a complaint to make, it usually results in our talking to the manager. They are the one in charge of the complaint department. It is their job to listen to such things and take appropriate action to rectify bad or unacceptable situations. When it comes to us, our actions, behaviors, attitudes, discipline, motivation, our ability to focus; all these things, and so much more, if there is a problem or issue that needs correction, it falls on us to fix it. We are the person in charge and are totally responsible for us.
Many of us are marginally managing our own establishment. We have tendencies to overlook or take lightly the poor management of our own operation. Some of us are quick and boisterous in expressing our opinion about how others run their own shop. We tend to forget the wisdom behind the adage that says people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. We spend too much time critiquing other’s shortcomings rather than addressing our own. There is a word used to describe such things and it is known as hypocrisy. It is so much easier for us to look and critique other’s faults and shortcomings than it is our own. It is a known weakness of being human.
All of us have weaknesses and issues that could use some improving. The question is are we too busy critiquing or criticizing such things in others and ignoring or avoiding doing the same thing for ourselves? If we were somehow prohibited from criticizing faults in others until we had corrected the same faults inside ourselves, many of us would be unable to criticize anyone else.
Challenge: Do you find yourself too easily finding and criticizing the faults in others while not particularly paying attention to or trying to correct your own? It is a human condition that comes easy. You will be the much better for it if you back off from being overly critical of others and work on your own improvements. The more you correct and improve some of your own shortcomings, the more tolerant and less critical you will become.
Wisdom Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be. Marsha Petrie Sue
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He wounds, but He also binds up; He injures, but his hands also heal. Job 5: 17-18
The best attitude always comes from a spirit of love. When we are able to truly love others, it becomes increasingly difficult for us to be overly critical of them. The Bible teaches us that we should seek to have the same unconditional love that God has for us. The Great Commandment says that we should love others as we love ourselves and also says we should learn to truly love ourselves because God loves us. Love never fails.
Prayer: Help me to overcome my shortcomings and weaknesses in being able to love others unconditionally.