Joyce Meyer, a well known sort of tele-evangelist and traveling minister, said something that is quite thought provoking. She proclaimed that she would get along with everyone from now on. She was doing well and then someone came home.
Well, at least Joyce liked herself well enough to tolerate being alone and enjoys her own company. How many of us need an entourage to get through the day? How many can't keep enough friends to call an entourage, or a pack, or a few, or even a couple?
This maybe the answer as to why you don't have friends or those that hang with you, you really don't like. Do you like you?
Will Smith was interviewed on TV One Network and concluded the program by saying that his success was based on something Confucius said, in order to be strong you must have at least 10 strong people that you are close to, around you. Being Christian, I know we don't follow Confucius or Will Smith for that matter; however, I am knocking out two evils with one stone. First, there isn't much that Confucius quoted that didn't come from the Word of God. The Word was here before Confucius and has outlasted him. Second, Saul (1 Samuel 14:52 AMP) surrounded himself with strong and courageous men. He still hid when it came to fight Goliath. The answer being, to be strong and courageous is a decision. You must still study to follow that character in order to change and become strong and courageous yourself. Without making that decision you will be the odd one in the crowd not belonging there either.
So instead of getting lost in that crowd, why not make up your mind and really look at the image God created (Genesis 1:27 KJV). It is writtten that you are wonderfully made. What is it about you that you do like? Find something. Infact, complete this exercise before reading anymore. Name 5 things you like about yourself. Now notice how I didn't write for you to see your childhood or what your mother, father, sister, brother, neighbor, classmate, or the homeless guy down the street did to you in your past that shaped the person you were. Those things don't matter in the sight of God. You are a new creation and the old has passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP). You have forgiven all of that or else how can God forgive you (Ephesians 4:32 KJV)? If your Dad did you dirty, well New Creation, your Heavenly Father won't. Did your father mistreat you? God said He would be a father to the fatherless (Psalms 68:5 AMP). He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5 KJV). He will be closer to you than any brother (Proverbs 18:24 KJV). He will meet all of your needs and has engrafted you into a new family. Now, what's there not to like?
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