Good morning! I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Ours was nice, but a bit different as neither of our daughters were here for the first time. So, it was nice, but a bit quiet!
You realize of course that you are talking to yourself all the time. On an ongoing basis you are telling yourself about yourself. We were talking about that the other day at work and were picturing as the tape that you are playing in your mind on a continuous basis. That probably shows the age of the guys talking about this subject. Maybe we should be talking about the ongoing podcast about ourselves that is playing in our minds.
We are all telling ourselves about us on an ongoing basis. The problem is, we are often telling ourselves lies. Things like, “How could God really love me after what I have done?”, “There is no way anybody could love me, especially if they really knew me”, “There’s no way I can change, I have been this way all my life”, “My life is not significant – what have I really done?”, “The more I do, the God (and others) will love me” and so on. This ongoing “podcast” of lies about yourself, distort your view of God, others, and your situation. Too often we react based on that internal podcast instead of the truth of the situation.
A good example is that a couple of weeks ago, Angela and I had a “discussion” that messed up our relationship for a couple of days. Early in our marriage we were not as mature as we believed we were at the time (imagine that!). And we had some bad interpersonal habits. Fortunately we have actually matured some and God has blessed our marriage, but one evening she said something and for whatever reason, I played that old “tape” in my head and reacted in the totally wrong way. The old “tape” was wrong, but I listened to it.
We all have these “tapes” or “podcasts going on in our head. We need to stop and think about our thinking. We need to examine what is on our tapes or podcasts in our heads. Are they true? Examine what you are telling yourself against God’s Word. Change where the tape disagrees with God’s Word. If you are unsure about an area, go to some trusted friends and tell them about what you are thinking about yourself in this area and see if they see it in your life. If you are wrong – change the tape!
You can change the tape / podcast in your mind that is continually telling you about yourself. Change it from the lies we often are telling ourselves to what is true according to God’s Word. Some key points to remember – you are created in His image, He loves you and loves you so much He died for you, and He wants an intimate relationship with you – forever. That is a pretty good starting place for your new tape (or podcast) in my opinion.
Have a blessed day,