Are You Your Own Bully Or Blessing?
By Kaley Thompson There is one person we can never get rid of.
Even if we’re the most introverted person on the planet, we can never get away from ourselves or turn off our minds. Which means we're our biggest influence and have a lot of power over the way we feel, think and act. And we can either be a bully or a blessing.
Martin Rooney put it this way, “Of all the people on the planet, you talk to yourself more than anyone. Make sure you are saying the right things."
It’s time to conquer our inner bully and put down the punching bag in our heart. Yes, we've messed up. Yes, that probably wasn’t fair. Yes, this is hard. But, God doesn’t want us to beat ourselves up over it. Actually, He wants us to let Him heal us. So, let’s stop being our own bully and become our blessing.
We can start by reminding ourselves of the true things God says about us. Like, we are loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). His grace is given to us right where we're at, and we don’t have to earn it (Ephesians 2:4-9). We are forgiven and free (1 John 1:9)!
Words are powerful and they shape the outlook we have about ourselves and our world. So, if we want to be the best version of ourselves, we have to “make sure (we) are saying the right things.”
What are some other “right things” you can start to say to yourself?
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Kaley Thompson is the chief storyteller at People of the Second Chance. She lives in Charlotte, NC and wears a sparkly motorcycle helmet.