Negative thoughts are like eating junk food. While having one occasionally won’t kill you, it can lead you down a path you didn’t want to take.
The problem further evolves due to our nature. We’re impulse people. Our culture promotes instant access. It teaches us to bases our decisions on how we feel.
Therein lays the basis to our problems. We rely too much on instinct and not enough on truth. I think we can all agree that many of our decisions are emotion based. Emotions are volatile creatures. One day a certain song can make us happy, the next we’re banging our heads against the wall trying to get it to stop. Emotions can lead back to a negative thinking cycle and cause us to look at ourselves in unflattering ways.
Many of us possess unhealthy thoughts about ourselves. We don’t like the way we look, the car we drive, our jobs, the list for most are rather lengthy. So how do we break out of this cycle of negative thinking and realize our self worth?
Practice this exercise for me. Say these sentences aloud.
- Even though I feel abandoned, I still have Jesus.
- Though people take advantage of me, I still have Jesus.
- I feel stuck in this addiction but I still have Jesus.
- These bills are insane but I still have Jesus.
Now, I realize this may seem meaningless now. However, try saying these in the morning when you first wake up, or better yet say these when an unexpected bill comes in the mail or your boss dumps an insane workload on you.
The point of this is to realize our identity. Regardless of how we feel or what situations we’re going through, we still have Jesus. Sure, there are times when Jesus may feel distant to us, but he isn’t. This is an exercise in perspective. Regardless of how we feel about ourselves, we have someone that looks out for us. He isn’t interested in emotions; he bases his decisions on truth.
Our self worth shouldn’t derive from how we feel. Instead, it needs to come from what we know.
If we start to realize our self worth, there’s no determining how far we may go in life. Once our perspective changes, our actions change. Suddenly, our problems seem manageable. We’re able to get through blah days or bouts with depression because we still have Jesus.
I’ll admit it’s an uphill climb. However, it’s much better than fighting this alone.
Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it. We may receive it gladly, with thankful hearts.
- 1 Timothy 4:4