I wrote this 2 years ago when I was working part time at a contract post office. I think I still struggle with the being teachable part but God helps me with this and often points out what I need to improve.
I had a Post Office customer ask me the other day what I thought, as a Life Coach, is the most important trait for a person to have. I told her I really believe that a positive outlook would be ranked in the top 5 best traits. Of course, that began a discussion as to whether a person is born with this or does a person develop this trait. I’m certainly not a modern day Pollyanna and I have had some bad things happen that weighed me down, sometimes for long periods, but I don’t stay down. For one thing, I have a Savior who picks me back and His Word says that anything bad that happens He can turn around for my good. How about you?
The next of the top 5 best traits to have, I would say is being teachable. I don’t care how old you are, how educated you are, what you know about a particular topic, we can always learn something from each other. I try to be teachable but sometimes my pride gets in the way. Especially if someone comes across as a “know-it-all”. You might want to keep this in mind when you are tempted to tell someone what you know. Here’s what I try to do. I examine my motives. Am I trying to sound smart, funny, got it all together, etc? Or am I truly interested in helping that person? And sometimes the other party just needs to be heard. She doesn’t want your advice or know-how just yet. Maybe later. Are you teachable? Do agree or disagree? Why?
Say what you mean and mean what you say. No word games here.
Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no.
Do everything with love and compassion. It’s not always about you. We all have bad days and sometimes you may have to put your bad day away for someone else.
As of today, these are the top 5 traits I think are important in the life of an effective woman. This doesn’t mean that I only think these 5 are needed and three years from now I may change this list to what I find important in that season of my life.
I had promised a follow-up to last Thursday’s post but last night I was reading Luke 22. This is about the last time Jesus spent with his best companions. It was probably a bittersweet Passover Meal. Jesus announced that that one who would betray Him and hand Him over was sitting right there with them. Of course, everyone suspected each other and/or became defensive in their responses. Not me, not me, not me. I can hear the whispered denials going around the table, pointing fingers at each other as well.
Wonder how many times I have pointed to another Christian and secretly, or publicly accused that another Christian of not loving the Lord because they think out of the box. I’m talking Christian, Jesus loving, Holy Spirit filled people.
We have denominations for this very reason. Even within denominations we have church splits. Yes, we are all different but what hurts my heart the most, is when these disagreements and sometimes, bitter fighting, ends up in social media like newspapers, online, major networks. I can imagine the enemy rejoicing.
Read further in Luke 22, starting at verse 24, but specifically, verse 26. “But it is not to be this way with you; on the contrary, the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest [and least privileged], and the [one who is the] leader, like the servant.”
Jeus is the King of Kings, yet He became the least on that day when He was willing to be treated as the lowest criminal.
Just some things to think about as we move into this Holy weekend.
One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 2:10. Actually, I have a couple of favorites because, through His Word, God reveals to us how special we are to Him.
I think the Amplified version says it best:
“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]”
Our Father, God, created us as His best creation. He created us for work He had planned for us from before we were born. Never forget you have value. You have a destiny here on earth. He wants us to do those good works whether we are 20 or 60 or 100 years old.
Think about this and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Next week I’ll talk about how we can connect with our Father to figure out WHAT our assigned destiny is and how to walk in that.
My name is Gloria Boone and I’m a Life Coach and Biblical Counselor. This is my first time at blogging and I hope to write at least once a week. Please share with me any feedback to make this a successful blog!
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