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October 12, 2013

A positive minute: W is for winner

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Our children are looking for boundaries, although, more often than not, they don’t exhibit such an attitude. Children want to know they will survive in this world, and it is up to us adults to be role models throughout life. You may not have children, but I am sure you know someone who does; those children may be watching your actions, how you live your life, and what you say.

If we are to have a winning future in this world, we must exhibit a positive life in front of the younger generation. Sure, they will rebel, but that doesn’t mean we give up our standard of life or refuse to reach out to families that need help with their children.

I like the Big Brother, Big Sister program. I was involved with the Youth Services program at a Police Department in Texas several years wherein we identified at risk families and reached out to the children before they were handled in our juvenile system. For one year, I met with a young man who lived in a one-parent home. For that year, I would see this young man every week, and I think it became a positive life changer for us both.

I learned a little more about children, and he learned that he could make it through school and life because someone cared. We were also able to reinforce that his Mom cared deeply for him as well.

Give yourself a positive affirmation today: I am a winner. Do that over and over, every day, until you begin to believe it. You weren’t placed on this earth to be a failure. You were placed here to contribute those gifts and graces God has placed in your life, and when you begin doing that, you are a winner. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

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