How many thoughts do you have about yourself? And of those, how many are negative?
It wasn’t until I was suffering from soul-crushing anxiety and felt depleted of all motivation that I started giving my thought-life some…well…thought.
Who says my creative efforts are not good enough?
Who says I’m a major disappointment?
Who tells me that I can never change?
Or says I will certainly fail if I try?
Who believes that I am broken?
It’s me. My thoughts are to blame.
“For as a man thinks within himself, so he is.” Proverbs 23:7
Whether you realize it or not, your past experiences, other people and your own failures have shaped your thought-life.
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that the way you think about yourself will influence how you view yourself. And how you view yourself will determine your actions, reactions, and habits.
Dave Sumrall sums it up best:
“Your life is always moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts.”
Sadly, our strongest thoughts often come from the times we’ve been wounded most. We continue to allow past hurts and failures influence our thoughts about ourselves, life and relationships. Even when those experiences are long gone, our thought-life is still full of residual hurt, blame, shame and insecurity.
“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?” Isaiah 43:18-19
How often do I find myself calling to mind the things of the past? Or thinking about past hurts, regrets and mistakes?
How often do these thoughts produce doubt and insecurity in me? Or convince me that I cannot change?
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