That title may sound confusing, and my thoughts may be out there, but I am determined to write and get them out! Writing is so cathartic for me, and I definitely need to get some thoughts I have been reflecting on down on paper-ish! :) I have been contemplating this quote all week, and feel that God has been showing me, through many people and facets, how He sees me, and how wildly differently I see myself.
Wow...what a thought-worthy quote, right? Our behavior is directly impacted by our thoughts. We think so many thoughts about and towards ourselves throughout the day. How many times do we put ourselves down, tell ourselves we can't do something, or doubt our abilities? And yet we set goals for ourselves and want to do positive, worthwhile things, all while focusing on the negative. We cannot consistently do something good if we are always putting ourselves down. Whether our goal is to lose weight, get healthy, start a business, pass a class, or write a book, we will never accomplish these goals in a worthy and positive manner while remaining in a negative thought cycle. We will always be inconsistent, and likely fail in all of our endeavors if we do not first fix how we see ourselves.
I am determined to see myself the way God sees me. Galatians 3:26 states that I am a child of God! Philippians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ because He is my strength! I find myself questioning these truths constantly, mostly because I tend to focus on my shortcomings instead of my potential. I focus on all the times I have not followed through with something; my inconsistencies. However, this just leads to even more inconsistency, more negativity, and the cycle continues.
I believe that we all have to focus on our thoughts and mind, and from these feelings, we act. Sometimes, we just have to keep telling ourselves that we CAN do it, keep telling God we DO trust him, and wait for the feelings to follow. The way we talk to ourselves is so much more important than we think! Let's all aim to be kind of ourselves and encourage ourselves in all that we do. If we find ourselves being down and negative, let's remember our identity in Christ, that we are God's children, and that we were made for a purpose. We all have God-given potential just waiting to get out! The more we seek God and find our identity in Him, the less negatively we will see ourselves and the more peace we will have about who we are and what we were made to do. As Matthew 6:33 states, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."