Sunday, 25 August 2019

P Power of Positive Faith

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I love it when I meet others who have high self-confidence; they believe in themselves and they are so comfortable with who they are you can't help but feel the high sense of self-confidence coming from them. They walk with their heads up and they seem to move effortlessly through life. Every challenge they face, they seem to do so head on. They don't run from conflict, failure or risks, they seem to charge into it and not be afraid. They persevere whether they are triumphant or not. They don't sit around crying, whining or complaining when things don't go their way; they accept it and move on. They bring positivity to all of their encounters and nothing seems hard for them; even the hard things!

Then there are those who are not quite as fortunate with their attitude towards life. They may have been beaten down all of their lives. Their self-esteem is really low and some have no self-esteem at all. Life has been hard and that's how they see it. They walk with their heads down and talk defeat because they truly feel defeated. They don't have a high regard for themselves because all of their lives no one seemed to have a high regard for them. They face challenges expecting to fail, and at times, if not all the time, they will fail. They have a low regard for themselves and tend to bring those around them down. They see the world and other people as being against them and they believe that they have nothing to offer. They are simply afraid.

Some may think that the world needs both of these kinds of people. But I wonder if that is true. I wonder if the person with the high self-confidence has been put on this earth to work with those who do not have it. I wonder if they are suppose to take time, to pay attention and to help pull the defeated one up. I just wonder.

There are lots of scriptures in the Bible to help us answer that question. The one that I am particularly drawn to is Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

I think I have my answer! God's Word tells us that we can be confident people! Our confidence isn't in ourselves, it's in God. I am by no means saying that everyone who is confident is a Believer and I do know that there are many Believers who are not confident. But I am talking to those who believe in Jesus Christ. The worst thing that Believers can do is walk about this earth feeling defeated and living with low confidence. Yes, we too have, and will continue to experience, hard times, abuse, money problems, children problems, relationship issues, and all the things we see happening to those who do not believe. The difference is that "WE BELIEVE!"

We have God's Word that is suppose to lead us and guide us into all truth. We have God's Word that will build us up and not tear us down. We have God's Word that assures us that "if He is for us who can be against us"? We have God's Word that says "we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength" We have God's Word that says "He will never leave us or abandon us". In fact if we would just pick up our Bible each day, if we would just go away and spend time with God each day in quiet meditation and reflection, if we would do those two simple things, there is no way that our perspective of who we are won't change. The problem is this ---we spend more time measuring who we are, measuring whether we are successful or not, how we look, our weight and all the other things that affect our self-esteem, against superficial standards.

The key is looking at ourselves and measuring how we live, what we do and how we look spiritually against God's standard. When we spend time with our Heavenly Father through reading His Word and through prayer, He will open up our mind's eyes to see just how valuable we are. When we learn that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" and when that scripture becomes more than just a slogan to us, I don't see how others will be able to look at us and see a person who isn't confident.
 

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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