… the way that you think about yourself. There is a clear connection between what you think about yourself and reaching your highest calling. Let’s unpack how what you think about you can help or hurt.
Negative forces want you to believe things like: you “are” depressed, unhappy, worthless, unable to change, stupid, a failure … the list could go on and on. It is important to realize that our feelings and behavior are situational and that we can change them — the reality is that feelings and behavior are not who we really are. These might be things that we struggle with, but they are not our identity, or who we are in Christ.
This includes the things that you may think about yourself at a deep level. You might not consciously believe them, but you find yourself thinking them or saying them about yourself on a regular basis. Most people don’t see that there is a direct connection between the way they view themselves and their destiny.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7a, NKJV).
Some of the things that we struggle and battle with in our daily lives usually come from a root cause, something we have done, knowingly or unknowingly, or things that were done to us. Healing these emotional wounds can sometimes be a process. If you commit yourself to the journey you can overcome them.
My life turned around for the good when I realized one day that I spent too much time beating myself up for having negative or lustful thoughts. I remember the day that I invited God into my day to walk with me like a loving father would. I prayed and asked for an extra measure of grace to get me through each day. Surprisingly, when I stopped focusing on the negative thoughts and talked to God about them as they were happening, they began to lose their power over me and eventually became less of a driving force in my thought life.
We live in a therapeutic society that has a diagnosis for just about everything. When you start worrying about our dog suffering from Separation Anxiety Disorder, you know there is an over-focus on labeling people and situations in our lives. There is value in recognizing negative patterns in our lives and I am not trying to downplay the effects of pain, addiction and abuse. We need to find a way to identify it, get healed and move on from the recovery room so that our identity is in the new life God has given us, not the old life that tried to destroy us.
A key to recovery is to not beat yourself up each day. Instead, consider inviting God into your imperfection. He is not surprised by your behavior and God loves you just the same. Learn to enjoy your life even though you are not yet perfected.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” 1 John 4:4 (NIV).
God is helping you get to your destiny, especially when you invite Him in the middle of your everyday struggle. Be gentle with yourself while you think great thoughts about who you are. I believe you will find that you are achieving daily successes toward your destiny.
It’s a great ride and I’m pulling for you!
~ Doug Addison
|Doug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages which he has shared on television, radio and the internet for over a decade. Doug brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.|