Most of the time, I know I can be better.
Whoever you are and wherever you are; you can be better too. Don’t get me wrong, you’re already great. Chances are we’re friends if you’re reading this and I’m only friends with great people. (If you’re reading this and you’re not my friend then that is GOOD and you’re great too because it means I’m gaining more readers!)
Trust me, I know my good points and I know I’m already pretty great. But my point is that I can be greater. I can stay the same as I am now but that wouldn’t do me any good, because I can be better.
I’ve realised that I can be very influenced by my world around me to the point that I reduce my ideals and standards according to others, either for their approval or just to fit in.
Then I remember I’m not like everyone else; I am from the world but I am not of the world. I’m living for the audience of One, the One who loves and adores me as I am. The One who believes in me and knows I can be better too. The One who makes me better.
Always be inspired by the great people around you, but never try and be them. Be you.
Don’t excuse yourself from certain behaviour because you saw someone else do it.
Never think of yourself better than anyone; you haven’t arrived and you never will.
And don’t live for the approval of people, you will die trying.
Better is whatever you make it. Better is one step further than where you are now. Your better and my better are probably different. That’s okay.
For me, better is
+ Smiling more on the tube where no one smiles (I am honestly too scared which is ridiculous, I know)
+ Sitting down with the local homeless guy and chatting
+ Giving my friends the time they deserve
+ Living with an open hand
+ Being on time all the time
+ Giving God the praise He deserves
+ Working hard at my craft
+ Living with integrity
+ Persevering, committing
+ Giving my very best in my job
+ Worrying less, trusting God more
You get the picture. What is better for you? Define it and live it. But also encourage yourself. It’s a journey. Perfection is not the aim, growth is. That can be one step or five steps, the point is that you’re growing and being better.