No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do. How well are you counseling yourself? In this short post from his blog, Wednesday’s Word, Paul David Tripp reminds us of the power of the internal conversations we will have today. He challenges us to talk to ourselves in ways that are consistent with Gospel truth and grace. If we do, our circumstances may not change, but our unhappiness will:
You are in an unending conversation with yourself. You are talking to yourself all the time, interpreting, organizing, and analyzing what’s going on inside you and around you. You may be talking to yourself about why you feel so tired. Or maybe you woke up this morning with a sense of dread and you aren’t sure why. Maybe your mind has traveled back to your distant past and, for reasons you don’t understand, you’re recalling events from your early childhood.
Perhaps you were surprised by how angry you got at the remark of that coworker. Or maybe you’re rehearsing to yourself your schedule for the day. Perhaps you are reliving a conversation that didn’t go too well. The point is that you are constantly involved in an internal conversation that greatly influences the things you decide, say, and do.
What do you regularly tell yourself about yourself, God, and your circumstances? Do your words to yourself encourage faith, hope, and courage? Or do they stimulate doubt, discouragement, and fear? Do you remind yourself that God is near, or do you reason within yourself that, given your circumstances, he must be distant?
Here’s the question: how wholesome, faith-driven, and Christ-centered is the conversation that you have with yourself every day? Do you remind yourself of your need? Do you point yourself once again to the beauty and practicality of God’s grace? Do you tell yourself to run toward him in those moments when you feel like running from him?
No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do. How well are you counseling yourself? Reach out for help one more time today. Confess that you don’t counsel yourself very well, and rest in the rescuing grace of the One who is called Wonderful Counselor.
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