SCRIPTURE: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, … to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Isaiah 61:1,3
I remember when I was a little girl, grade school age I guess, that I would often sit on the floor in front of our living room bookshelves, and turning my head sideways, study the titles on the book spines. You can tell a lot about people by observing what is in their library. One book that caught my attention was I’m Okay, You’re Okay. I never read that book, but just the words of the title got me thinking. As a young person I could see that we all have our good side and bad side, our good moments and not-so-good moments. So, the only way to make lasting connections with people and keep them is through acceptance – letting everyone be okay.
You and I will never change another person. We can pray for them, and influence them by our actions, but we can only change ourselves. Changing and growing by making Higher Choices is a process, and it takes time. What do you do in the mean time? You must adopt an attitude of self-acceptance. You are a child of God, dearly loved! The words in Isaiah 61 prophesying the coming Messiah describe what God’s children receive: beauty instead of ashes, gladness instead of mourning, and praise instead of despair! You are beautiful in God’s eyes. He praises you and wants you to be glad. Give yourself the gift of receiving God’s love and acceptance. To accept means to receive, approve, and to respond or answer affirmatively. Some synonyms of “approve” are praise, respect, and okay.
Be okay with yourself while you are changing what you can. Then you will be able to offer that same gift to others. As Brian Tracy says, it will be one of your greatest gifts.
“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. ” – Brian Tracy
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. What aspect of yourself should you accept while you work to make a change?|
|2. How can allowing yourself to feel beautiful release you from disappointment and despair?|
|3. Which of your relationships is dying for you to show unconditional live and acceptance?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|