Truth Can Be a Simple, But Beautiful Thing
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life…" John 14:6
Lately, I’ve been reading and hearing so much about the voices in our heads.
I’m sympathetic toward all the people who express their struggle, shame, their tendency to compare and come up short, their disappointment in their progress in some area…and I’ve been thinking, I’m so glad I’m not there anymore. I’ve made significant imperfect progress. I no longer really struggle with this stuff.
And then I walked into the bathroom today. I looked in the mirror. And the voice inside my head said, “Look at you! You’re getting fat…again. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
And I realized, I am ashamed of myself.
Why am I getting off track again? Does it somehow not really feel good to look better, have a trimmer waistline, to truly feel healthier, lighter? Does it somehow feel bad to feel good?
Oh I can go there…I can go down into the shame and fear pit and dwell there. But I don’t want to. Going “there” doesn’t do me any good. It’s a vicious cycle that keeps me down. There’s no traction down there, no empowerment, just a further slip down the slimy slope.
My husband’s voice reached in to pull me out, “You know why. And you know what to do. You just have to make the decision to do it. Eat better and move more.”
He’s right. I do know what to do. And I have to own that.
But I also have to replace some of the nonsense going on in my head. I have to speak to myself in the words of The Truth; the steadfast, never changing words of God. My truth shifts to and fro, based on how I feel at the moment or how healthy my food choices are or were recently. His Truth stands firm forever.
I have to replace that voice in my head with another voice. I have to rise up against the dark voice and scream the Truth over the lies…
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
God’s power is made perfect in my weakness. 1 Corinthians 12:9
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
…God is faithful; he will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear. But when I am tempted, he will also provide a way out so that I can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
It is the LORD who goes before me. He will be with me; he will not leave me or forsake me. I will not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
He will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go; He will counsel me with His eye upon me. Psalm 32:8
I will seek the LORD and his strength; I will seek his presence continually! 1 Chronicles 16:11
…for God gave me a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
What are you saying to yourself? Truth or lies?