We all have people who we can count on. Some we can count on for showing up late everywhere they go. Others can be counted on for making excuses or blaming others. Then there are those we can count on for being too loud and saying the wrong things. Although we tend to see the negative in some people because it may stand out more, we really need to look at what positive traits they have and focus on them.

For example, a person who can be counted on for showing up late every day may be a very caring person. This person may be one who is a good listener, very creative and has many friends because of the caring attitude he or she has. Another example is a person who blames others all the time or tends to talk too loud because he or she may be insecure about something going on in his or her life.

Negative traits do not always mean there is a bad person inside. It just means the person isn’t aware of what he or she is doing or the person could be trying to cover up insecurities he or she has. Rather than focusing on the negative traits, we need to look for ways to help them overcome these things. We can do this by looking for their positive traits and helping them develop those as they work on improving in other areas.

1 Samuel 12:23-24 ““As for me, I will certainly not sin against the Lord by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you.”

It’s probably a good idea for us to take a look at ourselves first to be sure we are doing the things we need to do so we can set the example for others. We need to be sure we are living as God wants us to so we can really help the other person. We need to ask God to help us determine what negative traits we have and what others can count on us for, both good and bad.

This self-examination will not be easy. This will be something that will take some time but will be well worth the effort. When we look at ourselves and ask others what they believe are our good traits and what areas we could improve on, we will need to be ready for the answers. When we go to God to help us improve, we need to be ready for action.

Looking back at this week, we can think about where we went, what we did and conversations we had. We need to think about if we showed up on time, did the work we were supposed to do, took responsibility for what we did wrong and stayed positive in all we did. We need to look back and see if we spent time talking about people or helping others. We need to determine if we wasted time or got things done.

If we look back and see areas needed for improvement in our lives, then we have a starting point for where we can get better. We need to ask God to help us create an action plan so when we are in that situation again, we are not tempted to be late, slack off doing our work or talk about people. We need to ask God to keep us aware of what we are doing and be sure we are doing His work.

When we set the example, pray for others and teach them what is right, we will be able to do as God wants us to do. When we are certain we are doing the right things and leading others to do the same, we will make a difference in our life and the lives of others.

Author's Bio: 

Frances Lucas has lived in the Birmingham, Alabama area for the past 40 years. She is a firm believer in leading by example and what she shares comes from her experience in life having to set her own goals and make things happen in her life…not depending on anyone else. She can help you, your team members and your employees to realize their purpose in life, learn their strengths and begin to develop their strengths.

She attended Corporate Coach University where she obtained an Advanced Certified Corporate Coach degree. Frances also has a bachelor‘s degree in Business Management and a masters in Human Resources. She has facilitated classes for large and small groups, created and organized self-improvement and employee development programs, classes, and work books. She enjoys coaching others one-on-one or in groups. Frances is a professional discipleship coach certified through Blueprint for Life Institute and is dedicating her life to helping others find their God-given purpose in life.

She has found her passion in life and wants to share her passion by helping others find theirs!

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