IMPROVEMENT: This is a serious question: What are you doing to IMPROVE yourself? I ask myself that same question every day, if not numerous times each day. Let me SHARE with you some of what I’m ‘trying to do’ to IMPROVE myself. You see… it’s NEVER too late to improve one’s self. You can start today… even right now. For me… I got down to a “serious make-over” about 5 years ago, and have made “more improvement” in my life in those last few years during any other time-frame in my life. The “sad part” is that I didn’t “get serious” until I was about 70 years old… wasting a lot of time… time that cannot be recaptured.
I’m BUSY every day, doing my best, to improve on my life, my family’s life, and those others… who are “near and dear to me;” hopefully improving on the quality of their life. I do this by INTERACTING, INFLUENCING, MENTORING, COMMITTING, SHARING, and LOVING my fellow-man. I am IMPROVING on my own life, by the mere FACT that I’m working hard “to help” others to IMPROVE on their lives. It could be called… the “ripple-effect.”
It seems that… the more I try to do … for others… that I’m finding that much is happening to IMPROVE my own station in life. It’s not too different than “giving 10%, and reaping 10 times more, in return. We are told in Proverbs 11:24-25, that…There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.
While “giving dollars” is a serious commitment, and not to be taken lightly; there are many other ways to give generously. A few would be: SMILING every chance that you get; verbal and nonverbal ACKNOWLEGEMENT of others; sharing your KNOWLEDGE; Guiding and encouraging others to do their best; ADVISING and mentoring others at every opportunity; going out of your way to COMPLIMENT others; and extending your LOVE to those around you.
We can, and should, lead other to Christ in every way possible; using every available tool. This, not only, improves our own self-image, but gives us opportunity to “hone our discipleship skills,” as well. But, more importantly, we are leading others to their SALVATION with Jesus Christ. We have the option of doing this in a “very direct way,” or more subtly… by offering ourselves as a “good example,” in our day-to-day living experience.
Romans 10:9-10 says: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. And, In John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
It’s only too late “to improve yourself,” when you’ve taken your last breath… then, you ARE OUT of TIME. …