Ever Feel like you’re in a hamster wheel?

Do you ever get something stuck in your head?  Something that you can’t get out of your head?  Something that seems to take over your thought processes?  Maybe your mind is telling you that you’re fat.  Maybe your mind is telling you that you’re not lovable.  Maybe your mind is telling you that your house is a pig sty.  Maybe your mind is telling you that no matter what, you won’t be good enough.  This spinning wheel train of thought is wrong!!!  It is FALSE!!  It is from Satan. 

It says in Genesis 1:27 that God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. . . .   If we were created to be the nature of God himself, how in the world could we possibly be too fat, not lovable, not capable, or not good enough?  God is the right size.  God is lovable.  God is capable.  God is good enough.  Therefore, you are the right size.  You are lovable.  You are capable.  You are good enough!  You are who God sees when HE looks in the mirror!!!

Mark 12:31 says that God commanded us to. . . . Love others as well as we love ourselves.  Some of you may have heard this as love your neighbor as yourself.   Stop thinking about showing love to your neighbor for a second and look at this differently.  If you’re neighbor needed someone to walk with them for exercise, would you if you had the time?  If your neighbor was lonely or depressed and needed cheering up, would you send them a card or make a visit?   If your neighbor needed help getting started cleaning their kitchen, would you spend a little time in their kitchen with them offering tips and encouragement?  If you would do these things for your neighbor, then you MUST do these things for yourself as well.  So often, we think this verse means that we should treat our neighbor better than we treat ourselves.  Turn it around, learn to love yourself as much as you show love to your favorite neighbor or friend!

Romans 12:3 says that we must not. . . .misinterpret ourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God.  No, God brings it all to you.  The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.  We are who we are because of what God is.  God does for us.  No, we may not be worthy of all the wonderful things he does for us.  No, we might not feel like accepting it either but it’s God who is offering it, who are we to refuse to accept how wonderful he made us??  God does not make junk!  God made us like Him and I highly doubt that he considers himself worthless.  He is God for goodness sake!  Creator of all the universe.  King of all kings.  We are his children!!!!

Decide today which part of Proverbs 15:15 you will become. . . . a miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.    I hope you are choosing the cheerful heart!  If so, go to a mirror.  Look at yourself.  Smile, force a fake one out if you have to.  Say out loud, I am looking at the image of God himself! I am God’s child!  I am worthy; I am capable; and I am loved!!!

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