I invite you to read Laurie’s post for Summer Son-shine.
By Laurie Jeron
The older I get the more I look back and think why didn’t someone tell me that when I was younger. So have no fear because I am about to reveal some of the most important life lessons I have learned in hopes it will help you.
1. You are Special
Go look into a mirror and repeat after me; I am Special, I am Unique, I am a Masterpiece. Does it bring a smile to your face? It should because you are simply amazing.
How do I know that you are so special? God said so, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
We read in the story of creation that God created the Heavens and the Earth and everything in it. As he surveyed his work it was good. Then he created Man and Woman. We were created in His image and he is perfect. When he was done with His creation, he looked at what he made and said it was “Very Good”.
The Master Creator created you and he has placed wonderful gifts, treasures and talents within you. It is your job to uncover the treasure for yourself.
Take time to see what things you enjoy, what are you drawn too, what is important to you. Many times those roots are bursting forth early in life. Discover your power to be creative as you follow the lead of your Creator.
2. Love: The Greatest Commandment
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
A lot of times people try to cut one or more groups out of this equation but the only way it truly works if we employ all three pieces. We must start by loving God. He will teach us how to love and we can see Jesus’ love of people throughout Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. As we learn from him we can love others, but what about ourselves? Some say we need to show humility and that is true but we can’t truly love others if we don’t love and care for ourselves.
We also need to remember to do unto others, as we would have them do unto us. It is the Golden Rule of life and it won’t ever lead you down the wrong path. It is Love in Action.
3. Be a Life Long Learner
Life will provide us with many teachers and places to learn. Family, friends, mentors, acquaintances, teachers, coaches, bosses can be among our best teachers.
Be inquisitive; be eager to learn, become a detective of life. Investigate, look for clues, ask great questions, be curious, Inquiring Minds do want to know. Always remember, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” Luke 6:40
Always strive for excellence. Perfection is highly overrated and it truly doesn’t exist this side of Heaven. So just determine to put forth your best effort. God gave you all your gifts, talents and passions and how you use them is your gift back to him. He also gave his very best to us in his son Jesus so shouldn’t we give our best in return?
4. Be True to Yourself
In order to be true to yourself, you must first know who you are. It is a process that will last your whole life. Knowing this fact should help to relieve some of the pressure that you might be feeling.
Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams and do what you love and believe in. If you always play things safe, life becomes dull and boring and really isn’t living. Sometimes you have to take a chance, or a risk. It may not work out as you hoped but some of the greatest inventions have come through the greatest failures. So don’t be afraid to try something new. Pray for wisdom and discernment and then be Bold and Courageous for the Lord your God goes with you.
5. Your Words Have Power
The bible tells us that our words have the power to build up or tear down so we must choose our words carefully. It includes how we relate to God, others and how we speak about them and ourselves.
We are told that out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouth speaks. Be encouraged to speak words of life, encouragement and hope.
Be an effective communicator and you will be living an exciting life overflowing with possibilities. It will give you confidence in school, work and beyond. It is a quality that few people work to achieve and I believe it will help set you apart. God intended for us to do life together as we love and serve others with the gifts we have been given. By applying these lessons you will be well on your way to living your best life and then encourage others to do the same by passing it on.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV).
Laurie Jeron has been described as the triple threat (Singer, Speaker, and Writer). For over 20 years, Laurie has shared her musical gifts in church and through her own ministry where she blends music and speaking to give her audience, a unique authentic experience. Sharing stories from her own life, being open and transparent draw audiences with their hearts. Her first CD “Time’s Running Out” shows the cry of her heart to reach people with the love of Jesus Christ. Her second release, “So Many Stars” encourages the listener to dream Big Dreams and fulfill the deepest longings of their heart. You can reach Laurie at www.lauriejeron.com and Laurie Jeron Fan Page