Proud is defined as feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one's achievements, qualities, or possessions. Anything I have achieved in my life has been because God has led me and I pray that it was for His purpose in some way that something I did was successful.
I was told recently that I needed to try and be nice. These words stopped me in my tracks. I immediately began to reevaluate my life to determine if I was not a nice person. For a split second, I felt the hurt and then took my feelings to the Lord in prayer. He led me to forgive and gave me an all clear, it is well with my soul, encouraging word. I was reminded to turn the other cheek.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
I don't feel that I have outstanding qualities, but I do try to do the best at what I do. A quote I often say is, anything I can do, you can do better, and I believe this because I want to encourage others to be their best selves in doing. I can do some things well, but I am smart enough to realize, see, and connect others who are quite awesome at what they do. I don't need to do everything.
I enjoy the feeling I get, the warmness in my heart when I look at our precious family and friends treasures. They may make me smile but they don't make others smile. Possessions I am blessed with, but I can't take them with me. Doing for others is the correct way to connect life's dots. We are very blessed to be able to enjoy all of our needs being met and some of our wants. God has been abundantly gracious. My heart pumps best when I/we can help others.
I do take deep pleasure in my family. So in this, I must admit proudness. I think our children and grandchildren are beyond amazing and my husband is a special gift. My deep pleasure though is not found in anything I have done, but that God loved me enough to bless my life through them.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves...
I find that when I keep these thoughts in mind, I am a better person. I may not always do everything according to another's standard, but I earnestly try to live to God's. Remember, I'm a sinner saved by grace.
I'm so humbled that Christ died for my sins and that I have the Living Spirit within me that allows my eyes to see, my ears to hear, my heart to break...
It's okay to have some flakey, just don't brakey!!! LOL
We must always circle every situation around and back to God for good to be created through us, for us, and for others!
Fresh Find: I love this stovetop coffee maker!