Challenged by Conviction - Luke Weaver

Self-talk is crucial if you’re going to become successful in anything. You have to be able to believe the words you say. Likewise, what others hear come from your mouth will impact how they think of you and what they believe even about themselves. If you’re constantly being negative, you can’t help but believe that message. If you’re spreading joy and optimism, you’ll be able to empower others to become a better version of themselves. 

We must walk with conviction in what we step into. Never should we be tentatively walking on our heels if we know what we’re doing. Doubt has no place in the mindset of a victor. Sarcasm and joking may have its place at times among friends, but if that’s what you’re continually hearing said or saying yourself, you’re not being pushed in a positive direction. Conviction is an important word; it carries with it an edge, a challenge to act. It poses the question, “Am I being the best version of who I can be?”

God’s Word fills me with conviction to go out and seek how I can become the person He’s created me to be. Your actions have to back up your words, and I hope my actions back up God’s words as well. If I’m grounded in the Word of God and letting His truths drive my life, my actions and words will reflect that. If I’m not being filled with His truths, other characteristics will color my life. People will know your heart by how you live your life. I love being a goofball, but I also want to make a difference. I want to be someone who has proven themselves to be genuine and loving, always putting others before myself.

We try not to let the way others think of us shape how we live; at the end of the day, we know God is the one who judges our hearts. But at the same time, we want to make sure we, as Christ’s ambassadors, are influencing others for eternity. We want to be a light to those around us, spreading the love and joy of Christ among them. We cannot talk one way and act another. Consistency is the ultimate factor in shaping and influencing others about your character. If our actions and words are driven by God’s, we can bring God’s truth to light for everyone who comes in contact with our lives.

If we make sure we say and do all we can to be a light for Christ, He will work in the hearts of others. Be true to who you are in Christ. Be grounded in who He says you are as His children. People will see Christ when you do. 

“By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” — John 13:35

— Luke Weaver, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher

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