Bring out the best in others

Bring Out the Best in Others

Be strong and of good courage… Deuteronomy 31:6

This is a cheat today as I thought I would pop in the UCB for today – I have to say that many times this has refreshed and confirmed what I have read in the Bible or the circumstances that I am in. So here it is:

“Over and over in Scripture God says things  like, ‘Be strong and of good courage, do not…be afraid…for the Lord…goes  with you’ (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV). Why? To bring out the best in us! The history  books are full of stories of gifted people whose talents were overlooked until  someone believed in them. Einstein was four years old before he could speak.  Isaac Newton did poorly in primary school. A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney  because he had ‘no good ideas’. Tolstoy dropped out of college. There’s a lesson  here: people develop at different rates. To motivate them you must always be on  the outlook for hidden capacities. Your words create an environment in which  people not only discover their gifts, but also develop and excel in them.

John  Erskine, Professor of English at Colombia University, was an educator, concert  pianist, author of 60 books, president of the Juilliard School of Music, and a  popular and witty lecturer. Writing about that remarkable career, his wife,  Helen, attributed it to his ‘defiant optimism’. ‘He was a good teacher,’ she
said, ‘because of his own excitement for learning and his trust in the future.’ He would say to her, ‘Let’s tell our young people that the best books are yet to  be written; the best paintings have not yet been painted; the best governments  are yet to be formed; the best is yet to be done by them.’ Within every human  being there is a God-given drive to achieve something. If you tap into that  drive and demonstrate that you believe in their future, they’ll do almost anything to live up to your expectations.”

About stayingfaithful

I am looking for anything that relates to life and to a fuller life. I am bored by the normal and the natural and interested in the supernatural. There must be more than this. We were put on this earth for more than a nine to five prison, as someone said a few years ago.
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