People Are Always Watching You. If you think no one notices your hard work, sacrifices, and creativity, you are wrong. Sanders would say, “Everyone has film on you.”
Here is what people are noticing:
Your Body Language – 85% of all communication is body language. Your voice may be quiet but the way you carry yourself is constantly crying out.
Your Attitude – Do you constantly have a smile on your face? Is there a “skip in your step”?
Do You Serve Others – Are you a selfish person or do you constantly try to improve the quality of life for the people around you?
Do You Add Value – Is helping people accomplish their goals and objectives part of your DNA?
Do You Have Pride In Your Efforts – Is your work done with excellence?
Are You Creative – Do you find new solutions to the issues your team faces?
Are You A Producer – Does your efforts produce results?
Are You Humble – Is everything all about you?
Your Preparation – Are you paying the price needed for success.
Insecurity refers to a profound sense if self-doubt – a deep feeling of uncertainty about our basic worth and our place in the world.
The mark of real security is the ability to be around anyone, regardless of our attractive or intelligent, and still maintain personal confidence and contentment.
Just because pride fills a heart doesn’t keep it from breaking. It keeps it from healing!
Pride talks us out of forgiving and leads us away from risking!
Pride cheats us of intimacy because intimacy requires transparency…
Pride is a slave driver like no other, and if it can’t drive us to destruction it will drive us to distraction!
We’re so desperate for significance we live our lives screaming “somebody notice me” and you want to know something interesting?
That’s exactly how God made us.
That very need is built into our human hard drives to send us on a search for our Creator, who can give us more significance than we can handle!
Confidence is driven by the certainty of God-given identity and the conviction that nothing can take that identity away.
We are complex people indeed. Perfect messes. Pridefully insecure! We all have a pride problem. OWNING it is a relief!
A clean heart and a clean path are only one sincere confession away.
Insecurity makes us settle. Insecurity robs our confidence in our rich inheritance from God.
God slipped His own secure Spirit within our simple jars of clay. It is in us to be secure! You have it in you!
Insecurity is about losing our God-given dignity.
1. Who are the groups or types of people I am most prone to judge?
2. Who have I offended Lord, with my judging? What would You have me do to make this right with them?
3. Lord, help me understand: what is the real need inside me that makes me want to appear better, smarter, more godly than someone else?
4. What can I do to cleanse this wound that drives me to think and behave like this?
5. Lord, I have sensed the judging eyes and tongues of these people on me…. ( List them here) They have hurt me Father, please heal my pain and give me Your power to forgive them for the wounds they have caused in me.
6. Bless each person- one by one -and see yourself release each of them to God to deal with when and how He determines.
7. Now spend the last few minutes thanking the Lord for the incredible worth and value He placed on you with His fathomless love.
Many of us are more intentional about monitoring the well being of our cars than monitoring the well-being of our souls.
What are the warning indicators that your soul is not doing well? I’ll tell you mine: you can use them or modify them to run a little test, assessing your soul 1-5 on these scales:
–Lack of motivation. When nothing seems to be worth doing, when I find myself ‘not caring’ about people, or suffering, or my work, I know my soul needs attention.
–Irritability. When other people increasing feel like a bother rather than a brother, its time for some maintenence work.
–High vulnerability to discouragement. When the soul is strong, it finds obstacles and challenges to be part of the task assigned it, to make it stronger.
–High vulnerability to temptation. When my soul lacks satisfaction from the right sources, it will look for satisfaction from the wrong ones. No ones’ soul can go for long without satisfaction.
–Loss of gratitude. The soul stretched thin loses its receptors for beauty and joy.
There is help for the hurting soul, and God knows best what yours needs: solitude or fellowship; encouragement or conviction; new challenge or rest.
But healing always starts with awareness.
Check the dashboard.(by John Ortberg)