Top Ten – Steps to Recovery from a Bad Choice

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I worked in the criminal justice system here in Texas, the TDCJ-ID. Great topic…Responsibility…I blog about it a lot. I am retired and glad to not be in that crazy system anymore.

Originally posted on Accepting Responsibility:

I make bad choices. I do my best to avoid them, but I make bad choices. My duty then is to accept responsibility for them by admitting them, apologizing to those whom I’ve hurt, and trying to make it right. I hope I can be forgiven by those affected by my mistake.

But sometimes the hardest person from whom to secure that forgiveness is myself. I hope I’m generous in forgiving others, in releasing myself from any lingering bitterness, in forgetting the disappointments of the past and in moving on to the greater achievements of the future.

But it’s hard to forgive myself. That’s grounded in my pride–arrogance really. While I’m willing to accept shortcomings in others, I expect more from myself. So when I really screw up badly, it throws me for a loop. I can’t believe I acted in such a fashion. I can’t let it go–even when those whom…

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Be Proud Of Who You Are. No Matter What Race You Are!


Be proud of whomever you are, whether it be your race, sex, or nationality. Anyone can be a Racist!

God made you just as you are. If He had wanted you to be any other race, sex, or nationality, He would have made you that way. God does NOT make mistakes! You are NOT a mistake!

Do NOT allow others to make you feel inferior or less than you are.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Stop allowing the racists and hate-filled people to define who you are.

You have a choice in life. You can either accept yourself like you are, or you can change some things about you, that you do not like.

You are NOT less than anyone else! No matter how much money that they have, or what they do for a living. My mother always told us that there was honor in any kind of work.

God made each of us with special talents, and He expects us to NOT hide them, waste them, or to allow others to make us feel guilty for having them.

Be the best that you can be, that is all that God asks of us.

NOT Self-Confidence, God-Confidence!

“Put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearance.”–Philippians 3:3

Everyone talks about self-confidence.

All kinds of seminars are available on confidence, both in the secular world and the church world.

Confidence is usually referred to as “self-confidence”, because we all know that we need self-confidence to feel good about ourselves if we are ever to accomplish anything in life.  

We have been taught  that all people have a basic need to believe in themselves.

However this is a misconception. 

Actually we do not need to believe in ourselves–we need to believe in Jesus in us.

We do not dare feel good about ourselves apart from Him. When the apostle Paul instructs us to “put no confidence…in the flesh,” he means just what he says—do not put confidence in yourself or in anything you can do apart from Jesus. 

We do not need self confidence; we need God-confidence!

Many people spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find that when they get to the top, their ladder was leaning against the wrong building.  

Others struggle, trying to behave well enough to develop a measure of confidence in themselves, only to endure repeated failures. 

Both of these activities produce the same results: emptiness.

I have found that most people fall into one of two categories:

1. they never accomplish anything, no matter how hard they try, and end up hating themselves because of their lack of achievement; or

2. they have enough natural talent to accomplish great things, but take all the credit for their achievements, which fill them with pride.

Either way, they are a failure—in the eyes of God.

The only truly successful person in God’s eyes is the individual who knows he is nothing in himself, but everything in Christ. Our pride and boasting are to be in Jesus alone, and He is to have all the glory (credit due) for whatever accomplishments we may achieve.–source: New Day New You, Joyce Meyer, 2007

The thought for the day was just what God knew I needed to read. With my depression, I was always insecure and I did not believe that I could ever do enough to please people.

Today, because of my recovery, I know that I do not have to please other people, just God.

Some great quotes …

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Contributed by Bear Tales follower Leslie. The subject of the email was titled “For the young, middle aged and older” there are actually 20 great quotes.

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We Must NEVER Give Our Children Everything That They Want…

We must NEVER give our children everything that they want….because if we do then they do not learn that life is NOT fair…and we cannot always get our way…or what we want. Then they may think that if they want something, all they have to do is whine and pitch a fit and they will get whatever they want. That is how we ended up with a “Entitlement Generation”. 

  • Reality is…bad things happen to good people.
  • Reality is…the world does not revolve around you.
  • Reality is…if we constantly expect to get our way…we will constantly be disappointed.
  • Reality is…the world owes you nothing.
  • Reality is…your parents owe you nothing.
  • Reality is…life is NOT fair.
  • Reality is…if you do not learn that sometimes you will lose…sometimes you will win.
  • Reality is…it is NOT hard working taxpayers job to support you.
  • Reality is…you are responsible for your children NOT the government, ie taxpayers.
  • Reality is…if you don’t discipline your children…then society through the jails and prisons will.
  • Reality is…without teaching our children about God, Honesty, Morals and Manners…they will grow up to be spoiled brats…and a menace to society.

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