Welcome back to this week's edition of "Weekly Encouragement"! Yay!
Praying that this is an opportunity for you to sit back for a little bit (because yes, you can — the world won't fall apart if you do) and enjoy a moment of having your soul be poured into.
This past week, I've done a lot of thinking on the topic of uniqueness. The things, big and small, that makes you different from the person standing next to you.
It started when the leader of a private Facebook group I'm in (...) wrote a post expressing how she noticed she has more confidence in herself and in her business when she goes to sleep around 10pm. Her reason: if she stays up later than that, her tired mind is more prone to dwelling in doubtful thoughts, feeding into her already-existing confidence problems.
I immediately though "Wow, she's right; good for her for making such a call," the other side of my heart popped up with a touch of envy: "Man, I wish I could do that."
Maybe that's what a lot of you are thinking too, right?
In business and in any leadership role, we tend to idolize the systems and the habits and the growth we see in others who are walking our same way. It drives us crazy, right? No matter how much success we have in our own work, there's always something more that someone else has over us and sometimes, that really hurts.
But we have to know better.
I read a devotional last night that brought up a well-known verse, lá in Psalm 139:13-14
Chances are, we've heard this plenty of times in our lives. We accept it as true and don't have many reasons to doubt it.
I just wish we'd focus more on the "I praise You" part.
I praise You because everything You make is amazing,
which means that I'm amazing;
"I know that full well."
Can you say that today?
In the mirror while looking at yourself?
Can you say it to God when you go to pray to Him?
Be happy with yourself today.
Don't let a lack of contentment and a dash of envy sour how you see yourself.
Fight for how you feel about everything you are and everything that you and how you do it, and claim your rightful space in this planet.
I'm serious: pray that line up above or have it actually come out of your mouth. The difficulty or ease of it will be telling. Something will happen :)
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In other (yet similar) news, here's my latest book recommendation: The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective
You know the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover"? This would be one of the moments to honor that.
As my personal circles will tell you, I'm a huge personality buff. Understanding the in's and out's of how we were created to be and how our environments form us — it's like candy to me.
The Enneagram is a tool developed by the early Christian fathers, way back in the 300's, with it being validated by many other cultures throughout the years as an effective way to counsel and serve people. By separating all of us into 9 "types" based on our habits, God's virtues and the 9 (read: not 7) deadly sins, the tool hopes to invite us into a deeper level of self-awareness that will, in the end, lead us to humility, repentance and a stronger love for one another.
I can't express enough how God has used the Enneagram to really shine some light on the areas of my life that I'd prefer went unnoticed. It really has been a humiliating experience; there's no boosting of the ego here (the exact opposite.)
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective is one of many books that touch on this topic but is my first introduction to it. It's earned a permanent place on my library shelf, no doubt about it.
(The above is an affiliate link. Should you choose to purchase the book, I will earn a percentage of the sales for having made the recommendation — at no extra cost to you.)
Love you all. Love yourselves. Take it easy.