Maybe your list isshorter. The things you have to constantly retrain your mind to believe.
My friend Vaneetha once said to me that we need to stop listening to ourselves and start talking to ourselves, which was revolutionary to me and linked arms with two other ideas I’d recently heard:
I can change the way I feel (gradually) by
changing the way I think.
I can change the way I feel (gradually) by changing the way I think.
are fed a load of you-know-what at just about every turn.
We are fed a load of you-know-what at just about every turn.
In the New Testament book of Romans, it says we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Which means...we have to feed and train our thinking, deliberately, if we want to be changed people.
A filter of knowledge and understanding will alter the way we see life and God and the world around us.
So here is my list...a handful of the things I talk to myself about fairly often. I would be very pleased if you’d add to the list.
Please note: These are intentionally “you” statements. I write in 2nd person here, because these are the ideas I feel compelled to share today, not because I do not believe Statement #1. J I firmly do.
1. You are not what life is all about.
2. You are part of a fantastic story. You are not the story.
3. You are never “the only one who…” .
4. You are more “needy” than you think you are.
5. You are more “needy” than you want to be.
6. You are as “needy” as the “neediest” person you know, maybe more.
7. You are more beautiful than you realize.
8. You are loved.
9. You were planned. Custom-designed even.
10. You seldom get what you deserve.
11. You would not want to get what you deserve.
12. You do not need almost any of the things that you want.
13. You need one thing that you often don’t want.
14. You will not reach a plateau of “blissfully content and happy” here in this lifetime.
15. You will find real joy only when you stop pursuing your own “happiness.”
16. You will find joy in gratitude and servanthood and in relationship with your Creator.
17. You were hard-wired to worship.
18. You are always worshiping some thing, desire, idea, or someone, usually unconsciously.
19. You can be forgiven. You have already been forgiven.
20. You can forgive.
21. You can have an attitude of forgiveness toward someone who hasn’t asked you to forgive them.
22. You can choose to love someone who does not love you.
23. You can choose to love someone who does not love you well.
24. You can choose to do the work of love even when you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.
25. You are prone to making wrong assumptions about others and their motives.
26. You will get old and wrinkled if you stick around long enough.
27. You will not have great success with anti-aging creams.
28. You are not perfect.
29. You’re not fooling anybody by pretending to be perfect.
30. You will fail often, and it’s good that people see you do it now and then.
31. You can feel lonely even after you’re married.
32. You can feel content with very little and discontent with much.
33. You won’t be as cool as you’d like to be.
34. You’re better off not trying to be cool.
35. You do not need the approval of human beings.
36. You will not be measured against other people in the end—for better or worse.
37. You are responsible for your choices.
38. You can choose many things.
39. You have been given MUCH.
40. You have been given much, so that you may thank God and give generously.