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How often in life have you tried to prove to yourself that you are who you say you are or you try to prove to others that you are who they want you to be. To this end, all of us tend to fall into one of two traps:

  1. Thinking too much of ourselves. When we feel that we have something to prove by living up to the standard of what others wish us to be or become full of ourselves and think that we are above reproach.

The experience of Harry Truman is apt here. It was written that after having been thrust into the presidency by the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn took him aside and said “from here on out you are going to have lots of people around you, and they are going to tell you what a great man you are. But Harry…you know and I know you aren’t.” Truman took that advice to heart, and became a truly great president.

To succeed in your assignment in life and have your gifts sharpened with the help of divine wisdom you need two things: dependence on a divine power and confidence in that divine power. When these two things are in place, you will succeed.

  1. Thinking too little of ourselves. Many of us have made it our goal to change someone’s opinion about who we really are to prove to them that we have self-worth or that we are valuable. I like this quote that applies here, “until you stop agreeing with the opinions of those who criticize you, you will remain locked in a prison of your own making.”

Whenever you allow a person’s unfavorable opinion of you to become your own opinion, you have built a prison inside your mind with only one prisoner…you. Some of the people you have spent your life trying to impress may never be impressed, no matter how hard you work or to what extent you try to please them.

To succeed in life, you must be able to work alongside others without letting yourself be controlled by their moods and opinions. Pleasing people cannot be your goal in life because it can cause you to fall from grace. Keep your eyes on things above. The joy and happiness that define your worthiness will make you blessed. At the end of the day, all that really matters is just being who you are.

Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net