The Number One Way To Distinguish Yourself

February 16, 2013

Do you ever have days or weeks where certain words and phrases are constantly thrown in your direction? It seems like everywhere you look you see those words. I’ve learned by now that, when that heppens for me, I need to pay attention.

One such word is “distinguish”. I keep seeing this word in books, blogs, tv, my job, you name it. Ok, so God is telling me I need to distinguish myself. So what does that mean? I looked up the exact definition of distinguished, and it says…made easily seen or noticed by excellence. In other words, someone who stands out and rises above the average or just getting by. Instead, they are noticed and known for their excellence.

Wow! I was blown away by that definition. I prayed..ok, God how do I get to that level? I will simply say that when you ask, God answers. He led me to one of my favorite books, “Relentless” by John Bevere. I like to re-read this book every once in a while, and as I did, the words on page 49 jumped out at me. It talks about the story of Daniel in the Bible and how he distinguished himself (that exact word used). It is defined in the book as “he completely outclassed the other leaders”.

If you know the story of Daniel you know how true this is. How did he do it? The answer is a few lines below. It says he was totally connected to God. The book adds, ” he was disciplined in staying in close, continual touch with the Creator.”

Therein lies the secret of distinguishing yourself; of standing out and rising above the crowd. The more you are in touch with your Creator, and rely on the unlimited power He provides, the more you will distinguish yourself. When you “seek Him first” (Matt 6:33), everything else falls into place.

I challenge you to seek and follow your creator today, and to stay in close, continual touch. You will be blessed as a result. Have a great day : )


The Power of Humility

February 10, 2013

The word humility sometimes gets a bad rap in our society. It is much easier for people to strive for power and the highest position rather than lowering themselves and remaining outside the spotlight. Much of this mind set is human nature.

I am realizing more and more how humility is definitely in our best interests. Really? It’s best to be humble and lower ourselves below all other people? It is here where the concept of humility is most misunderstood. Humility is not lowering yourself to other people and letting them walk all over you. It is not completely denying yourself. It is simply loving yourself in a way that does not put you over anyone else. However,  there’s much more than that.

I was awakened to the most real definition of humility in a book called “Relentless” by John Bevere. In this book he simply refers to humility as submitting to the will and power of God. It’s a matter of simply believing that He knows all of the answers, and knows the way to your best life. He simplifies it by using a Bible verse that says “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). In his book, Bevere adds to the meaning of grace that goes beyond what we all understand it as. He says it is mainly the empowerment of God. What this verse says then, is that God provides His empowerment to those that don’t rely on their own power and strength, but instead allow Him to lead the way. The proud are those that believe they know best or try to do everything in their own power, by their own ego. God holds back his empowerment for those people.

To me, this is a very simply formula of getting out of the way and letting God do His thing through me instead of me doing everything myself. It does not mean I just sit back and don’t act. It simply means I watch and listen for His leading and act accordingly.

From this account, you can see why greater humility is greater power. It’s because you are simply relying on a power far greater than your own limits. It can only lead to blessing and success. Enjoy : )