Friday, May 13, 2011

"The Mirror"

(by Wayne Kerr Band) The Mirror - Love Stands Out



A friend of mine said some very sweet words to me the other day. He had been looking at my facebook profile & used words like nice, sweet, encouraging & appreciative to describe me! In all honestly, that is the kind of person that I want to be, but I really don't see myself that way. It's not like I see myself as the opposite ~ more like somewhere in between. So I had to take a look for myself, because I really didn't know what he was talking about. At first, all I saw on my profile was randomness (surprise, surprise). Then, I saw what he was talking about: little notes of encouragement. {Please don't take this as me boasting in myself, because that is honestly not my intention at all. Any good that is inside me is only because God has put it there!} Sometimes it just takes hearing somebody else's opinion to get a better perspective of yourself. Weird how that works.

And I figure that if Brooke can be confident enough to share positive traits about herself, then by golly I should, too!

Because I think I'm finally beginning to like myself after all these years!

And what's crazy is the fact that my eyes welled up with tears when I wrote that last sentence. I honestly don't know if I've ever said those words before.

{Now that my Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley moment is over, I'll move right along...I promise I have a point to this post, and it really has nothing to do with me liking myself}

In reading the things that I wrote on other people's walls, I saw things like: "You're fun to hang out with!", "I enjoyed serving with you!" & "You are pure awesomeness!" {the last one was for my cousin who's running in the State track meet this weekend. Go Kevin! I love you & am SO proud of you!!} But I also realized that I can write kind words easier than I can say them. So I've decided that I truly want to be the person that I seem like I am. I want to tell people out loud! Not that I think there's anything wrong with a kind word that's written. I just want to actually be better at speaking them. Does that make any sense?

"Some pursue happiness ~ others create it."

I read that quote on a friend's email signature the other day, & it really jumped out at me. I want to be someone who creates happiness for other people. I care about others, and I love to make people happy. Then I read Angie Smith's "One Better" post, and it was confirmation to me about intentionally encouraging others. I want to be better at it. Will you join me in creating happiness for others?

"So encourage each other and build each other up,
just as you are already doing."
(1 Thess. 5:11)

"And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do,
but encourage one another,
especially now that the day of His return is drawing near."
(Heb. 10:25)


Amy

1 comments:

Brooke said...

"Any good that is inside me is only because God has put it there!" <<<this! i love this.

also i think loving ourselves is important because i've found that the more i put myself down the harder it is for people to believe me when i lift them up.

like when i talk about how fat my legs are, then say "great job" to the woman who's 50+ pounds heavier than me and just lost a pound.

make sense?