Friday, February 5, 2016

“To get along well with people requires an elimination of prejudice…”

A thought by Zig Ziglar (2003-01-01) from his book, Zig Ziglar's Life Lifters (p. 190). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to to buy the book.)

How are you doing on this friendship thing?  Also how are you doing on this prejudice thing?  By the way, it is hard to get along with Jesus and be prejudice.

The whole thought of Zig is, “To get along well with people requires an elimination of prejudice, which, in virtually every case, is circumstantial, based either on ignorance or never having had any real relationship with those of a different race or culture.” 

He goes on, “This does not mean that I'm suggesting or even mildly hinting that you have to agree with everybody on everything. To do so would be to invite disaster into your life. But it does mean that you can disagree without being disagreeable. You can disagree and yet respect the other person's right to believe as he or she believes. You can have a different opinion without denying the other person the right to have the opinion he or she has. When you adopt that attitude and take that approach, you will probably be amazed to discover on occasion that your friend's point of view was right and yours was wrong. That's a sobering thought.”

They could be right.  They could be right.  I never thought of that.

He says, “When you take the right attitude toward another person, you not only avoid building a wall between the two of you, but you also establish common ground and lay a solid foundation on which to build a relationship.”

He goes on, “I encourage you to replay the tapes of your life and explore the number of times people who were ‘different’ from you turned out to be really great people and had opinions with which you disagreed but that turned out to be correct. Take the approach I'm suggesting, and you will become a happier, healthier, friendlier, better person.”

So is this a problem for you?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

“You are the third person.”

A thought by Zig Ziglar (2003-01-01) from his book, Zig Ziglar's Life (p. 188). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to to buy the book.)

Zig says, “Several years ago I heard the statement that ‘every third person is either remarkably handsome and unusually bright, or amazingly beautiful and absolutely brilliant.’”

He goes on to say, “From this moment on I encourage you to think of yourself as that ‘third person.’ As that third person, I want to share with you some important considerations about yourself. Several billion people have walked this earth, but there has never been, nor will there ever be, a person exactly like you. Your uniqueness gives you real value. Think about it like this: If man can take moldy bread and make penicillin out of it, think what an awesome God can make out of you. Listen to what St. Augustine said in A.D. 399 (and I paraphrase): Man travels hundreds of miles to gaze at the broad expanse of the ocean. He looks in awe at the heavens above. He stares in wonderment at the fields, the mountains, the rivers and the streams. And then he passes himself by without a thought—God's most amazing creation.”

Listen, you are God’s most amazing creation.  When He created you He said, “It is good.” 

Zig then says, “It is important that you think well, not egotistically, about yourself because the way you see yourself has a direct bearing on how you see and treat others. If you see yourself as happy, secure, self-sufficient, and as a good friend, you'll attract happy, secure, self-sufficient, good friends.”

But it is also important to look at that other person and appreciate the fact that God also when He created them said, “It is good” and that they are also God’s most amazing creation.  So don’t look down on yourself and don’t look down on that other person. 

So do you need God's help in seeing you as He sees you?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

“A slow start is not an indictment.”

A thought by Zig Ziglar (2003-01-01) from his book, Zig Ziglar's Life Lifters  (p. 181). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to to buy the book.)

There are so many excuses that we can use to not be able to make a difference. 

Zig says, “Some of us arrive in this world with physical handicaps, others with emotional handicaps, and still others without the benefit of an intact family. All of these are critical to an individual's success. Even with all of those things going against us, we still have the ultimate responsibility for taking control and doing something with our lives.”

I love this quote by Frank Tyger, “Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them.”  And excuses can be man-made barriers.

But Zig goes on to encourage parents and teachers. He says, “The difficult student, or the child who does not respond early on, might be a shining star in later years. That's one of the reasons my mother never gave up on any of her children. Neither did she give up on any of her grandchildren. Her faith, belief, and encouragement had a huge impact on our lives.”

He then says, “The record books are filled with people who had reason to quit early on, but they received a word of encouragement, became persistent, and worked hard. They developed the characteristics of honesty, integrity, faith, love, loyalty, enthusiasm, commitment, and responsibility. They even learned to love and respect others, becoming difference-makers in the lives of many. So hang in there, parents and teachers. Encourage the young early in their lives. After all, it's not where you start—it's where you go that makes the difference. And perhaps most important of all, it's not what you get by succeeding in life—it's what you become by succeeding.”

So don’t give up on yourself or your child or your mate or that someone close to you. 

Remember as Zig says, “Hope is the foundational quality of all change, and encouragement is the fuel on which hope runs. Consistent words of encouragement will have a positive impact on the recipient.” 

So you're going to keep at it, aren't you?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

“One of the things all people need virtually every day of their lives is a word of encouragement…”

A thought by Zig Ziglar (2003-01-01) from his book, Zig Ziglar's Life Lifters (p. 179). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to to buy the book.)

Now that is the truth isn’t it?

Here is the whole thought, “One of the things all people need virtually every day of their lives is a word of encouragement from somebody who says, ‘Well done.’”

Zig goes on to say, “Wives need it from husbands, and husbands need it from wives. Children need it from parents—and yes, kids—parents need it from children. In our places of employment, ‘Good job,’ ‘Well done,’ ‘Thank you for being so effective,’ ‘I appreciate your promptness,’ or any word of encouragement that notes a specific, observable behavior can make an enormous difference in someone's life. Don't wait for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's, birthdays, or anniversaries to do it because it's the right thing to do.”

He also says, “A lot of hurting is going on in our world, and we never know when a word of encouragement will brighten a person's day… Commit to encouraging others, and I promise that you, too, will be encouraged.”

He then ends this chapter by saying, “Some people believe that compliments are just so much air. But when we remember that the tires on which we ride are filled with air and we consider how much smoother that makes our ride, we should start handing out more compliments.”

What about you?  Are you discouraged today?  Are you really down and you need an encouraging word?  The Bible says, “Give and it will be given to you.” 

So who do you need to give a word of encouragement to today?