I am a person. And, like most people, I struggle with various fears and insecurities. If you asked, I could probably write a novel about things I don’t like or wish I could change about myself. Maybe two novels, depending on my mood that day.
Sometimes, I look in the mirror and just can’t even. (Yeah. I totally used that phrase). Lots of times I find myself wishing I had shinier hair, bigger eyes, a flatter stomach, whiter teeth, fewer pimples…you get the idea.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on personality. Sometimes, I drive myself bonkers! So many times I find myself thinking, “Gosh! I wish I was smarter!” ( or funnier or more patient or better at sports or more ambitious…)
And yet, so many of us are in a similar situation. Several of us wake up day after day, not liking who we are or what we see. There are so many things we wish we could change about ourselves! Many things we probably should change about ourselves, if we’re being honest here. But still–it can be seriously overwhelming.
I mean, sure we can choose to surround ourselves with encouraging people and we can make goals and self-improvement lists and we can say nice things out loud…(those are all excellent ideas, by the way, and I strongly suggest looking into them.)
But, in order for all those outside resources to be optimally effective, we need to dig a little deeper. We need to address the self-talk that’s going on inside our heads. Those secret thoughts that may never be voiced, but still carry a LOT of weight.
I’m talking about those “Oh my gosh I’m so fat” and the “why the heck can’t I throw a football” thoughts. The “I am the dumbest person in this room” and “why can’t I be more like Jesus already” conversations you have inside your head. Even those subtle ones that you hardly notice anymore, can still be major roadblocks.
Because, no matter what you say out loud, if your thinking is stuck in a rut, it’s gonna be really hard to make any actual progress.
Sure, you really may not be able to throw a football and you probably aren’t being a great example of Jesus most of the time. But talking to yourself that way sure isn’t going to help things get better!
The Holy Spirit calls us up into greatness and declares what the Lord says over us. Jesus encourages us into growth, He doesn’t shame us into maturing! Your job is to AGREE with the Holy Spirit and declare those things over yourself as well–both verbally, and in your thoughts. Taking every thought captive and making your thoughts submit to the truth of Christ.
Jesus declares that you are intelligent and can learn. That He is working in you and making you more like Him (Phil. 1:6). That you can learn to throw a football, if you really wanted to. That you can exercise and eat better, because He is giving you grace to be strong and persevere (Phil. 4:13)
Call it silly, but I actually write encouraging phrases to myself on my mirror (and sticky notes and calendar…)Why? Because what you read affects you. Whenever you read something, it’s like you’re saying it in your mind. Words, spoken or not, are powerful.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…”~ 2 Corinthians 10:5
You are a ten. And you can learn to throw a football.