By Vernalee

“Being a good person means more than just doing things for others. You have to accept and love yourself before you can put positive energy into the universe.”
What criteria defines a good person? It may depend upon who you ask and what measuring stick they use. No matter what definition is used, the following criteria/methods will probably intertwine. Let’s take a look.
“Method One – Improving Yourself
1. Determine what being a good person means to you personally.
2. Choose a role model.
3. Stop comparing yourself with others.
4. Love yourself.
5. Be Yourself.
6. Pray and/or meditate.
7. Make small changes.
8. Review your goals every day.
Method Two – Having a positive attitude
1. Try to look at the bright side of things.
2. Do an act of charity for someone else.
3. Make it a point to make the world a better place every time you leave the place of your dwelling.
4. Slow down.
5. Practice forgiveness.
6. Be honest.
7. Make small gestures a daily habit.
8. Be empathetic.
Method Three – Interacting with Others
1. Accept everyone around you.
2. Control your anger.
3. Compliment people.
4. Be a better listener.
5. Celebrate other peoples’ victories and good qualities.
6. Be a role model.
7. Share.
8. Respect everyone.”
I am confident that most of us can agree that to be a good person requires constant work.
Prayerfully, I want to always stay in tune with myself and my treatment of others.
Let me share more about my “good person” barometers!
It is not a game.
It is not a scorecard of how many times I am right or wrong.
It is my conscious daily interacting with my way of life.
It is apologizing if I misstep.
It is asking God to show me the right way; to order my steps.
It is me being able to sleep at night and not worrying if I mistreated someone.
It is others being able to sleep without the interference of possible mistreatment.
It is work in progress, biblical guidance, and daily prayer to stay on the right side of goodness as best as I can.
It is imperative to love the Lord.
It is necessary to be reflective.
It is a daily struggle with all of us to define, redefine, purify, remove, and perfect our sinful tendencies so that we can exemplify goodness.
Remember as Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Stopping to listen to that inner voice of your soul will help.
Asking God for directions is key.
Remaining prayerful is important.
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