Winning the Respect of Others


1 Thessalonians 4:12 (NIV)

12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

When others look at your life, what do they see?  Does your daily life win the respect of others?  As believers, we are Christ’s representatives here on the earth.  We are called to a higher standard than those who do not believe.  The way we live our lives should bring glory to God the Father.  How we live our lives will either give people positive thoughts about God and draw them towards God or will give people negative thoughts about God and push people away from God.  Sometimes we influence others and do not even know we are doing it.

Notice that this verse doesn’t say, “Go out of your way to do something major so that everyone will respect you.”  It doesn’t say, “Win a gold medal or Pulitzer prize so that people will glorify Me in heaven.”  No, it says that your daily life should win the respect of others.  That simply means to always take the high road and live a life of excellence.  It means doing the right thing even when no one is looking.  It means finding common ground with people in order to be a peacemaker.  It means going and living your life with an attitude of faith.

We have an amazing opportunity to bring people into a relationship with God by them seeing how we live our lives.  We can play a role in that person going to heaven and having eternal life or going to hell and having eternal death.  We don’t really have a full grasp of the power of influence we have over people watching us who we do not even know is watching us.

As you strive to live a life worthy of the life God has intended for you, remember, you will become like whomever you spend the most time with.  If you are committed to spending time with God each day through reading your Bible and praying, you will start to develop His character.  If you hang out with people who do not live a life of great quality, the quality of your own life will suffer.  The opposite is true as well.  If you hang out with people who have a very high quality of life, it will help you improve the quality of your own life.  When you live a life filled with the Spirit of God, you’ll win the respect of others around you and will bring glory to God at the same time.

Let’s all challenge ourselves to do the things we need to do to live a life that is worthy of our great God.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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