I had a different post in mind for this morning (an update on my de-chipmunking), but a sermon I recently listened to at church has been on the brain and needs to let loose!
In all truthfulness, every single one of us has a lie that we tell ourselves.
Sometimes it comes from the media: “5 Tips to Lose 5 Pounds!” “Be skinny, beautiful, and happy!” A picture or a commercial creates a precedent in our minds.
Sometimes it comes from a loved one, a friend, or a rumor. “You would have been better off if you had done this instead.” “You should be more like your sister.” Someone spreading a rumor that you’re too fat, too skinny, stupid, or not good enough.
The worst ones come from ourselves. From self-doubt, self-pity, and words that be beat ourselves up with.
See something in common? All of these lies convince us that we are not good enough.
Not good enough to enjoy a beautiful meal with people we love.
Not good enough to see the sun rise in the morning.
Not good enough to smell the flowers, or eat the fake ones.
Not good enough to make something sweeter than we are.
But we are. We are strong,
We are beautiful,
We are loved.
I’m crying as I type this because we all have had our own journey to where we are today, and sometimes that journey takes us places that are darker than others.
Some of us lie to ourselves in more hurtful ways than others, but today we are going to end that. Today we are going to know how worth it we are.
This morning I read aloud from Kris Carr’s book,
Please help me open my mind. Ignite my child-like curiosity and anything-is-possible attitude. Tap me on the shoulder if I act like a cranky old bat. The voices that hold me back are thoroughly misinformed. Grant me the wisdom to release them now. – Page 184
Repeat with me please:
I am capable, confident, intelligent, resilient, and in charge. Health and happiness are my birthrights and I accept with gratitude. – Page 184
I know this sounds cheesy, but we all need to remind ourselves how beautiful we are.
It’s easy to forget what we did do, and what we did accomplish, when what others and ourselves focus most on is what we didn’t or couldn’t do.
Take a moment to think today:
What lie are you telling yourself?
How can you change that lie into something positive that will allow you to grow, be stronger, and live more beautifully?
Lots of love,