Power of Praise by Angeline Lawrence

September 8, 2014
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In reading the book, Good to Great: Why some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, by Jim Collins, he discusses the Stockdale Paradox named after Admiral Jim Stockdale. He was the highest ranking United States military officer that was imprisoned in the "Hanoi Hilton" war camp during the Vietnam War.

He survived 8 years of torture by confronting his current conditions and creating a non-verbal code to communicate with other prisoners to destroy the sense of isolation the camp tried to enforce. He stated in the book, "You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end - which you can never afford to lose - with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."

Many in the professional world tout the benefits of positive self-talk or encouragement. However, directing that praise to our Creator will shower down blessings and joy beyond measure. Isaiah 61:3 teaches us that God will comfort his children with beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Praise strengthens us and reinforces the fact that we are not alone.

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