Hi SHE Fam! Happy Thursday! It is truly the summer and in Dallas, Texas it’s extremely hot. I’m sure most regions can speak to this summer heat. It’s my hope that everyone is enjoying their week thus far. It can be easy to find flaws in other people, but have you ever stopped to think that you have some too? We don’t always see our flaws and sometimes when we’re willing to admit them it’s because we feel that they are obvious to others. And whereas, you shouldn’t walk away with your flaws and all on a billboard, you can focus less on others and work on you.

If we’re not careful, we will allow Satan to make us to think we’re perfect. We will justify our wrong by comparing it to people who are in a worst situation and our judgmental views will not only be thought but shared with others. Before allowing our mind to process the negativity take a step back and look at what you can do to be better, stronger and wiser.

So what does it mean to “start with you?”

Look in the mirror. When you even think about referencing someone’s faults, think about the areas in which you can grow. You don’t have to throw yourself a pity party, but you can commit to doing better.

Empathize and Encourage. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Just how God brought you to the point where you are today, He has the power to bring someone else along. Use your experience to uplift and encourage people who struggle in areas of growth.

You’re still learning. God isn’t done with us. We are all still learning in this journey. I work in Human Resources, and one of the reasons I love my profession is because I get to learn more about myself by listening to other people. I’ve learned that it’s important to always be open to learn more, it’s a part of your growth.

Starting with yourself will not only help you to be better it will fill up the time available for you to criticize others. We all have room to make improvements and with constant prayer and positive thoughts we will.

From my inspirational corner to yours, have a blessed Thursday.

-Lyssa