A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning, while
they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hang the
That laundry is not very clean, she said, she doesn’t know how to
wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.
Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor
would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean
wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look! She has learned how
to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.”
The husband said: “I got up early this morning and cleaned our
And so it is with life: “What we see when watching others depends on
the purity of the window through which we look. Before we give any
criticism, it might be a good idea to check our state of mind and ask
ourselves if we are ready to see the good rather than to be looking
for something in the person we are about to judge. “
Stop and ask yourself today, “How do I really feel about myself? ” Before you answer read these ten principles..
(1) Never think or speak negatively about yourself; that puts you in disagreement with God.
Better yet, keep them before you daily
(2) Meditate on your God-given strengths and learn to encourage yourself, for much of the time nobody else will.
(3) Don’t compare yourself to anybody else. You’re unique, one of a kind, an original. So don’t settle for being a copy.
(4) Focus on your potential, not your limitations. Remember, God lives in you!
(5) Find what you like to do, do well, and strive to do it with excellence.
(6) Have the courage to be different. Be a God pleaser, not a people pleaser.
(7) Learn to handle criticism. Let it develop you instead of discourage you.
(8) Determine your own worth instead of letting others do it for you. They’ll short-change you!
(9) Keep your shortcomings in perspective – you’re still a work in progress….
(10) Focus daily on your greatest source of confidence – the God Who lives in you