According to certain research the average person has over 50,000 thoughts per day with 80% of them being negative. I don’t know how accurate the science is behind those numbers, it seems about right for my daily thought process.
These thought flow in and out of my head so often I don’t even realize it.
“You can’t do anything right.”
“You are never thoughtful.”
“Don’t post that selfie. You are pretty enough.”
I am an introvert at heart but I love to talk, to write and to share. But as sweet as words can be they can also stab deep.
The words that sting could be the ones whispered by a stranger as I pass by. Sometimes they come for a loved one that is well-meaning but mis-spoken. But most the time the words that hurt the most or the ones never verbalized but rather floating around in my own head. Those are the ones that are the most unkind – and mostly lies.
It becomes easy to take the lies about yourself to heart because when you look in the mirror each morning Satan shows them to us as blurred truth. He clearly lays out those mistakes and failures in such a way that you struggle to wipe them away. Some days it’s easy to divide the lies from the truth but other days their taunting and reminding is more than we can overcome.
Over the years as dreams went unfulfilled, I heard. “You aren’t good enough.” Each time my husband and I would disagree, I accepted the lie, “You aren’t loveable.” If my kids stumbled, I was sure it was all because I failed as a mom. I could believe each of those statements were lies until incidents seemed to prove them as truth.
Listening closely to the lies of the world will only drown out the voice of the only One that matters.
Last week I twitted “Stop comparing your blooper reel to her highlight reel.” So often I need the reminder that we are not called to measure up to one another. We are to strive to be holy as Christ it Holy.
Instead of looking back to where you’ve been or inward to the lies within you strap on the belt of truth, gird up your loins in the Truth and move forward. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what will come or what lies you’ve believed – the Truth sets you free and the truth is you are found in Him.