Think a minute…Winston Churchill was 65 years old when he first became England’s Prime Minister. It was May of 1940 and England’s military was not well armed or prepared for war. So when Hitler’s huge, powerful German army was planning to attack the British Isles, most military experts expected Germany to easily defeat England in no time.
But these experts could not imagine that in only 7 months, Winston Churchill would change the history of England and the entire Western World. During those 7 months, when the families of Great Britain gathered in their living rooms to listen to their leader over the radio, their feelings of fear and hopelessness were soon replaced by great confidence, hope, and victory. Why? Churchill knew just how to get the English people to believe in themselves—in their own cause and abilities. And defeating Germany’s powerful army became England’s finest hour!
It’s been said: “People who feel good about themselves do their best.” Whether it’s at work on the job, at home with their mate and children, or with friends. So if you want people to change, you’ve got to help them believe in themselves so they will want to change and do their best. But when we criticize and shame our children, our wife or husband, or people we work with, we only hurt them and tear down their self-confidence. So why should we expect them to do better when we’ve made them believe they can’t!
We all do our best when we feel good about ourselves. That’s why a successful businessman says: “Instead of catching people doing something wrong to criticize and punish them, try to catch people doing something right and praise them for it. Then they will want to keep doing that right thing and always do their best.”
This is why Jesus Christ commands us to love others as yourself. Make others feel good about themselves the way you want to feel good about yourself. So won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you for your past and for treating others wrongly? Then ask Him to start changing your heart, so you can not only become your best, but you will also bring out the best in others. Just Think a Minute…