Ever feel like you’re walking around inside out? Like people can see, not who, but what you are?
Or that you have a neon word glowing above your head?
For me, it could be any number of things over the years… alcoholic, people pleaser, bulimic, liar, gossiper, faker, cheater, doubter, wounded, hypocrite, quitter…the list is lengthy and it only gets worse.
What’s your word?
Did you immediately think of something negative?
Why do I turn into a “Nancy negative” (no offense Nancy) when it comes to self-awareness checks?
Is it because I’m humble? Hardly!
It’s because my ego gets the better of me and I begin comparing my insides to your outsides. I become fixated on the past, instead of focused on the future, while living in the present.
Humor me for a minute and let’s go another route.
What if, when I went out into the world, I walked around with a different list of words adorning my head? Words like…Believer, Redeemed, Recovered, Loved, Forgiven, Cherished, Treasured, Saved, Blessed, Beautiful, Capable, Wanted, Free, Worthy, Accepted…as I wrote these words, I read them out loud. It is amazing the tone, the energy, the transformation of thought from one paragraph to another simply by changing a few words.
Ladies, we are the worst about this. Be careful what you are speaking into the hearts and minds of your daughters, friends and more importantly, yourself.
May I encourage you to try a little experiment with me? Come on! It will be so fun!
Take a dry erase marker (or lippy, whatever works), stand in front of the mirror where you get ready every morning, and in the space (on the mirror) above your head, choose one word of affirmation.
Write the word on your mirror so that when you look at your reflection you will see truth.
I call it, “Affirmation in Action.”
My word right now is “Redeemed.”
I begin my day with that word in my heart and on my mind. I don’t give the lies a chance to one up me.
There is power in our words. Even those never spoken, but that we allow to take up residence between our ears.
If you’re walking around all day with a head full of negative self-talk, stop it.
No really…STOP! You are going against your purpose, everything that you were designed to be. You are deeming yourself spiritually useless.
I speak from a position of repeat offender when it comes to bashing myself. What I am encouraging you to do, I am doing myself. Work in progress, remember. I don’t have all the answers, I am just very persistent.
It begins from within.
What’s inside you can either tear down and infect those around you with the poison of darkness. Or it can shine, igniting the light in others that is within us all. For some of us only a spark remains, while for others a fire rages.
Here is my promise to you…for the next 7 days, I am going to pray for you. I would LOVE it if you would tell me your word in the comment section below. However, even if you don’t, God knows your word and more importantly, He knows your name.
The future is very bright!
What’s your word?