Psalm 31:26-29 (The Message)
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
In honor of my mother this Mother’s Day, I want to share the best advice she ever gave me:
“Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself.”
Seems simple, yet, it’s quite difficult when we are all different, with different goals, different backgrounds, different personalities, different passions, different agendas, different lives. If you want to be “different” in a good way, in a pleasant way, then you will radiate an air of true contentment when you choose to cut the cord with negative people and embrace encouraging people.
God created us for relationship. He designed us to be in relationship with Him as well as in relationships with other people. When our relationship with Him is in the right place, it’s easier to be in relationships with others. Human relationships are imperfect, nonetheless, when we don’t have our relationships on earth in order, it’s difficult to have the proper perspective and relationship with God. It starts with God however.
We can’t always choose who we come face to face with each day. However, we can choose how we respond to these people. Treating people the way you like to be treated is definitely a start. And, if they start to drain you dry, make sure you are “FILLED” up with HIM so that HIS LIGHT in you can overcome the dark cloud they are under.
Another way to surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself is to treat yourself well too. People are drawn to happy people. Speak words of life. Instead of complaining, create a “grateful board” or write in a journal what you are thankful for each day. Going back to re-read these entries will give you a lift each time you throw yourself a pity party.
Another great spin-off from the original advice above can be used when you are having a bad day; when you are having a bad day, help someone else. Reach out and touch someone. Make a phone call, or offer to serve someone in some capacity. It will take the focus off of your problems. In fact, you might realize when helping someone else, your problem is really not a problem.
I am so happy God gave me such a mother of great wisdom. I am thankful God gave me a beautiful Savior of the wisdom that she has taught me and continues to reflect.
Happy Mother’s Day to Moms everywhere.
You are LOVED!
Thank you for creating me to be in relationship with You and with people. Help me to be “others focused” and not all about me. Guide me to encourage others, even when I have a bad day. Give me the proper perspective—open my eyes to your beautiful blessings. May I be a blessing to others each day, because of all you have done for me. And, God, please bless my precious mom!
In Your Name,