Your thoughts are so powerful, you literally create what you are thinking. In other words, your dominant thoughts have the ability to create your reality.
Often we think thoughts are just some transient things that sweep through our mind, and mean nothing until physical action is taken. This is far from the truth. The truth is, action begins from the thoughts. Your thoughts create your imaginations and your imaginations create your life outcome.
‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’ Proverbs’ 28:7
As illustrated above, your desires or expectations first reflect in your thoughts and then create corresponding images. Once an image is formed and projected in your mind long enough, its planted in your heart and begins to grow. Then, sub-consciously and consciously you start to gravitate towards the physical equivalent of this image. This happens whether it is a positive image; i.e thinking intently of a nice vacation will get you preparing for one. Or you can plant and gravitate towards a negative thought, such as; criminal or perverse behaviour. Your thoughts are that powerful;
‘Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flow the springs of your life’ Proverbs 4:23.
“What is the most effective way to relate with people? I feel that people who are arrogant or prideful seem to get on better than those who have a more humble disposition?”
God made life to work by principles and structures as most things do. When you breach the rules that guide these principles, either by act or omission, you will face the consequences. These principles from the scriptures teach that it is more rewarding to be humble than to be prideful or arrogant.
To be Prideful means to have an excessively high opinion of oneself and tend to place themselves above everyone else. It is being arrogant or overconfident in ones sense of self – worth. This usually occurs when someone feels they have worked really hard to get to where they are or personally pulled out all the stops to achieve what they have.
Being prideful or haughty is not the same as being confident. Though similar, confidence is having a healthy self – esteem. Whereas, arrogance is the flip side of the same coin, where confidence in ones self or ability has gone too far and has become very prideful. This could be destructive.
During these challenging times of national crisis it is common to worry about what the future holds or how things will work out. Worry could be reflected in various ways such as panic buying and stock piling etc. The scriptures admonishes us not to worry at times like this, but to trust God that things will get better. Worrying will not solve anything, but rather cause more problems;
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they are?
So do not worry, saying what shall we eat or drink or wear, your heavenly Father knows that you need these. But seek first His kingdom and righteous (integrity) and all these thing will be added to you as well”. Matthew 6:25 – 33
Showing honour to your parents is avital key to success and comes with huge benefits as stated in the scriptures; ‘Honour your father and mother, so that you may live long and it may go well with you’ Deuteronomy 5:16
Most parents do the best they can to raise their children well and give them the best they can afford. Nevertheless, there are still parents that are bad and even abusive. Undoubtedly, it can be challenging to show honour or respect to parents that have not been the most supportive or worse still, very abusive.
In the case of abusive parents, you cannot be blamed if you decide not to see them or speak to them again. However, your reasons will not negate the consequences of breaking this Godly principles of success which is honouring your parents. The instruction did not say to honour them only when they are good, but because they are your parents (mother and father) – Meaning they gave birth to you or raised you as their child.
Note; This honour comes with benefits that includes long life, success and prosperity as a result of just honouring your parents – Remarkable! But one can appreciate that this is not an easy prospect for some people who have had very difficult parents. However, when you consider the priceless benefits, its worth reconsidering, no matter the terrible things they had done. It is wise not to dishonour your parents (especially publicly) as they represent your origin and foundation. Unfortunately, people do this out of ignorance. Ignorance will never exempt you from the repercussions of acting irrationally towards your parents and disregarding this vital success principle.
Let us consider some ways to honour or dishonour parents;