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In reality, it takes a strong, and wise individual, to celebrate the success of others. That is part of humility, being able to celebrate the success (good success) of others. Fearful people, are intimidated by the success of others, because they feel, like they’re being left behind, they are weak. Humble people, do not fear the good success of others; they celebrate it, because they understand, that a lot of lives are positively impacted, by the good progress and success, of any human being. Humble people, are not short-sighted or selfish; they are people, who share their kindness and compliments, for free, and without price. They can appreciate the good and beauty in others, and let them know it, without expecting anything in return. True Humility is rooted in self-love, and love for others.
It takes a Truly Strong, and Sober Individual, to know who they are, and whose knowledge of self, is clear enough for them, to not be intimidated by others. Humble people, Truly Humble People, are humble, because they understand who they are, and that they, DO NOT NEED to look down on others, or put others down, in order to make themselves great.

"He will call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." (Psalm 91:15-16)

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You have your very own ideas of good, your own understanding, and your own persuasion. Friend, is there good in the world, and what do you define as good?
Being a good father or mother, or parental figure, where you raise your children to treat "all people," with the same respect, kindness and love, which you expect from others, is good. No matter their financial standing, or whether they are rich or poor, black, brown, yellow or white, male or female, sick or healthy, tall or short, fat or thin, attractive or unattractive, popular or unpopular, young or old, talented or untalented, known or unknown. Showing kindness to all, and saving a smile for each person you meet or come across, are considered good, by most people.

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’- when you now have the good with you.” (Proverbs 3:27-28)

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Plan good things for your future, and for your loved ones, and love your neighbour. Be kind to your neighbour, because you are kind, and not, because you want something. Even if they do not follow or believe in your “god,” treat them with kindness. Just like you want to see your dreams happen, and your plans succeed, so does your neighbour, and most of the time, your destruction, is not anywhere on their list.

“Those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.” (Proverbs 14:22 NIV)
“Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22 NIV)

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God created humans, and it is God’s responsibility to inspire confidence, it is God’s responsibility to be a Guiding Light to a young race.

“Remember your Creator while you are young, before the days of trouble come.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

God wants you to remember Him when you are young, so God can teach you, there is much to learn, because there are many good paths. There are many good paths and God wants you to understand what is right about every one of them, not just some, but every good path.

''Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land and the blameless will remain in it.'' (Proverbs 2:20-21)

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It is better for you to have little and be righteous, than to have much and be an enemy of God.

"All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock- the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.
The LORD will establish you as His holy people, as He promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you.
The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity- in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground- in the land He swore to your forefathers to give you.
The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom." (Deuteronomy 28:2-13)

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God likens the just to a flourishing tree, beautiful in form, and staying fresh and green, even though they increase in years. If you are the just, then you are that tree, and your form should be beautiful. If you understand these very basic things, then your faith should be strong, and your years should increase, your form should be beautiful and fresh. Take your eyes off of people and lift them up to God, good change is possible.

“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” (Psalm 92:12-14)

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It is to your benefit to know your Creator, to know His ways and decrees.

Dear God, thank you for your wisdom and knowledge. Keep me alert and sober, open my ears and eyes, so I can see and hear the things, which You want me to hear and see. Increase the years of my life and those I love (name them). Shield us from the attacks of those which rise against us, and give us the wisdom to speak against their evil. Let no enemy bring a charge against us, or accuse us for no reason. Let them stumble, let them fall, and let them be taken in their own snares. Let good come to us and let the angels of God shield us from all harm. Thank you, and Amen.

"God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seeks God." (Psalm 53:2)

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Sometimes people tend to overlook the most important things which are right in their own worlds, and they focus on less important, or almost insignificant things, things which just take the light from their eyes and lives.
Sometimes you just need to take a step back and identify the things which are stealing your joy, and I doubt that it is the whole world.
Sometimes for something new to begin something old has to end, but that does not mean that it is the end of you or your world.

“Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes.” (Psalm 13:3 NIV)

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Some people prefer to sit and wait for the dream to happen, rather than making an effort, to make it reality themselves. Friends, your dreams can happen, and sometimes, it will involve a little or a lot of work, to make them happen. Sometimes people do ask: “Where is God in all of this?” and the answer is really simple: God is in the ability you have, the strength you possess and the wisdom He gave you. Every moment you breathe God is in it, because He supplies the air, every step you take God is with you, because He formed your feet, and every question you have, God may answer.

“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4:18 NIV)

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A strong individual, has a firm persuasion of who they are, and what they want to accomplish in life, that strength of character is what will see them through each challenge, set them apart, and cause them to rise above the rest.
You need a firm persuasion, an individual encounter with God, a relationship. A firm relationship with God, will set you apart; you will rise above the rest, and stand out from the crowd. You will become an individual. I know, that individualism is not a common trait among people on earth, hence all the copies in the world. God, however, created you unique and distinctly different, from the rest of all other humans.

“To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal? Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He Who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:25-26 NIV)
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