Empower Yourself

Empower Yourself


When you lose sight of your value, you may be tempted to turn to other people for approval and validation—a parent, friend or loved one. While we all need encouragement and should receive it from the people around us, we can’t let that be our sole source of validation. We have to know that because God validates us, we can validate ourselves. We can’t live our lives waiting for the people around us to applaud us; sometimes we have to applaud ourselves. During those times when life seems to be dragging you down, instead of looking to others to encourage you, make the decision to encourage yourself in the Lord!

A while back, I was at the gym on the treadmill speaking with a man who had just been though a terrible loss. He asked me to pray for him and I said,


“Yes, I will pray for you, but I have to tell you something first.” I looked him straight in the eyes and said, “You know, you ought to be so proud of yourself. Look at you. You got up today and came to the gym. You could have pulled the covers over your head and stayed in bed, but you didn’t. Instead, you are facing this with great hope and faith. I admire you, and you should applaud yourself!”

When this man was reminded of his strength and tenacity, his whole face lit up. He had a great big smile, he recognized the importance of affirming himself and giving himself the proper credit.

If we are going to live with vitality and overcome our circumstances, our main encouragement has to come from the inside, stemming from the affirmation God has given us. Don’t be afraid to encourage yourself today. You might be going through some difficult situations, but you have strength to make it through.