TALKING TO MYSELF

Recently I’ve been in the process of reading through an excellent little book titled Humility by C.J. Mahaney. Going into it I was pretty sure that I had this humility thing down pat, so there wouldn’t be much I could learn from this book. (Ha-ha! That was a joke.) I was wrong.

I unearthed a profound thought that I wanted to share with you. Mahaney quotes Martin Lloyd – Jones from his book Spiritual Depression:

 

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?”

 

Wow. I’ve thought a lot about that. The idea being addressed is that we need to take control of the thoughts we allow in our mind. On a daily basis I entertain thoughts that are negative, self-defeating, discouraging, and downright sinful. These thoughts color my attitudes, which in turn influence my actions, which in turn dictate my very demeanor. I listen to my own stupid, sinful self-speak and I get pulled down.

 

The encouragement that both Mahaney and Martin Lloyd – Jones gives is that I must instead speak truth into my own life. I need to articulate what I know to be true about God: he loves me, he is in control, he can provide for me, he can strengthen me, and his grace is sufficient for me. I also need to articulate that I am completely dependent upon him; he is God, and I am not!

 

This is especially true for me first thing in the morning. When I get up I usually feel pretty bad; I stumble into the shower grumbling and groaning and often start my day off on the wrong foot. Just in the last week it is made such a difference for me to instead begin my day by talking to myself! Telling myself what I know about God and that I make the choice to submit myself to him.

 

This is, in fact, the biblical admonition given in Philippians 4:8 -

 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

 

That is what I intend to do! I’m tired of listening to myself – from now on I’m going to talk to myself!

 

I highly recommend it.

 

Peace,

Dave

One thought on “TALKING TO MYSELF

  1. Dave Gillaspie

    Good words Dave. I’ve been listening to myself way too much lately. I’m gonna start talking to myself – but probably not out loud, while standing in line at the grocery store – that freaks people out.

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