Commit to NOT BEING A VICTIM – Bullying is all over the news. It’s really a shame that there are bullies in the world. It’s even more tragic that bullied people sometimes choose to end it all with an act of deadly violence against themselves.
It’s easier to listen to your favorite political pundits and news anchors (conservative or liberal) and swallow their words hook-line-and-sinker than it is to study, read, and search to discover the truth yourself.
Smart people, on the other hand, take responsibility for their lives. They require a lot from themselves and don’t let themselves off the hook so easily. They pay their own bills. They work hard. They are exemplary employees. They would rather earn their own way than rely on a handout. They have a conscience and sense of honor. They are good parents. Smart people are concerned about their health and the health of their family. They are self-disciplined and get out of bed in the morning.
Commit to WISDOM. Proverbs 29:11 (KJV) says it all, “A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.” In other words, just because you think it doesn’t mean you’re supposed to say it. Only a fool would do that. Don’t jump into trouble mouth first. Always speak less than you know. The human tongue is only a few inches from the brain, but when you listen to some people talk, they seem miles apart. The tongue runs the fastest when the brain is in neutral.
Commit to a RIGHT ATTITUDE. Is the glass half full or half empty? Who cares! The only thing that matters is whether or not you can drink it. In other words, does it work?
There are literally thousands of motivational speaks and self-help therapists who spout pious platitudes that do nothing more than make you feel good for the moment, but have no lasting effect. They sound good, but they don’t work.
Commit to GOOD FRIENDS. Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you where you’re headed. The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. If you run with wolves, you’ll learn how to howl. If you associate with good people, your life will be enriched. The simple but true fact of life is that we become like those whom we most closely associate with – good or bad.
Never become friends with someone because you both agree on negatives. Rather, find friends who agree with you on positives. “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17).