Thought for the Day
Does your influence improve others? If not, there are steps you can take to begin sharpening those around you:
Improve Yourself – Strive to become a person of quality by developing your intellectual and spiritual capacity. This can be achieved by obtaining wisdom and understanding. A good place to start is reading and living by the Book of Proverbs – which has personal improvement as its stated purpose:
Proverbs 1:2–5; “2To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”
Set The Right Example – Knowledge is of little value if it does not improve your life. If you live by the wisdom you acquire, the positive example you set should automatically follow. People will naturally come to respect you as they see you are a person of upstanding character, not a hypocrite. Your living example should stand as a testimony to how a positive, giving and serving person should act. Jesus Christ set the ultimate example:
John 13:15; “15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
Love Your Neighbor – Humbly seek ways to help others, maintaining a genuine desire to see them succeed. Remember the “give and take” dimension that encourages back-and-forth interaction through which each person benefits. If others discern that your motivation is to love and serve others, your opportunities for mutually satisfying relationships will increase due to the care for others you demonstrate.
Philippians 2:3; “3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
As many successful people have discovered, the quality of our closest personal relationships makes a tremendous difference in shaping who we are. We should be grateful when we are challenged by caring friends who polish away our rough edges, improve our minds and help us aspire to be our best. At the same time, we should patiently strive to do the same for them.