What Is Your Story?

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

What stories are you telling yourself? What are those tales you tell yourself to keep you from taking the leap? From stepping out of your comfort zone?

Our stories, for the most part, are based on lies. I told myself that I wasn’t an artist because I can’t draw and my water color paintings as a child looked awful. Now I paint acrylic pour paintings. I told myself I wasn’t good at math because I struggled with algebra. Now I am a pharmacy technician where I do calculations every day.

We tell ourselves lies to keep us safe, to keep us sheltered in our cocoon. Only there is a great big world out there. A world that is waiting for what we have to offer, for our gifts and talents.

We were put on this Earth for a reason (Jeremiah 1:5, 29:11). We were given the exact gifts, talents, personality and abilities to help our fellow human beings. It is our job to go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15) through those gifts God bestowed us with, to let our lights shine before men (Matthew 5:16).

Only the lies we tell ourselves, those imagined fabrications, are preventing us from stepping out of our cocoon and touching our neighbors. Let alone our towns, cities and countries.

It is time for us to see those stories for what they are–lies. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). He protects us (Psalm 91), provides for us (Philippians 4:19) and helps us (Psalm 46:1) every step of the way. With Him on our side (Romans 8:31), we have nothing to fear (Psalm 112:8).

Are you going to allow your fears, those fabricated lies you tell yourself, to prevent you from doing what God called you to do? Are you going to allow them to prevent you from being who God created you to be? The choice is yours.

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What Do You Choose?

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live – Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV).

How many decisions do you make in a day? How many do you labor over? How many do you choose without thinking about them?

Look at your life for a moment: do you like where you are? Your residence? Your source of income? Your family? Your friends? The car you drive?

Subconsciously or consciously, you made the decisions that got you to this point in your life.

I know that is a hard pill to swallow because we want to blame our parents, spouses, children, bosses, even God. Yet the responsibility for your life lies squarely in your hands.

Yes, bad things happen to you, but what you do, how you react, is totally up to you. You get to decide how events are going to affect you. Are you going to allow them to make you stronger or bitter?

Instead of blaming God, why not use your power of choice to choose to trust God to help you and to turn your tragedy into triumph, your mess into a message?

There is power in choosing. Nothing in the Christian walk is about our feelings. You walk by faith not by feelings (2 Corinthians 5:7) .

Everything from love to forgiveness is a choice. Trust is no different. Choose to trust. Choose to love. Choose to forgive. Your feelings will eventually catch up with that decision.

What is going on in your life? What parts do you want to change? Make better choices, and watch your circumstances turn around.

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What Do You See?

How do we see ourselves?  Do we see ourselves as strong and confident?  Or do we see ourselves as losers, as not good enough?

How we see ourselves determines how far we will go in life.  If we see ourselves as unworthy, as failures, then we will approach life with this attitude.  Everything we touch will fail–our relationships, our businesses, our work, everything.

Why? Because we are never going to rise above the picture we have of ourselves.

How do we change that picture?

By meditating on the good about us and not the bad.  If we continue to play the same record in our head about how bad we are, about how we never get the breaks in life, about how unfair life has been to us, we are going to get more of the same.

What we focus on is going to happen in our lives.

Let’s instead focus on the good about us in Christ:

We are in right standing with God through Jesus (II Corinthians 5:21).  As long as Christ’s Sacrifice is acceptable, we will remain righteous through Christ.

We are accepted (Ephesians 1:6).

We are justified (Romans 5:1-2).

We are loved by God (John 3:16, Romans 5:8).

We were created for a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11).

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Everything our hands touch prospers (Deuteronomy 28:8).

When we focus on who we are in Christ, the more we will see ourselves being the people God created us to be.  We will see what God says about us happening in our lives.

This won’t happen overnight.  It won’t happen in a day or week.  We have to continually meditate on what God says about us.  We can store those Scriptures in our phones, so we rehearse them while waiting at the grocery store, while on hold, in the morning, before bed.  We could also put them in places around our home and office where we will see them.  We need to make meditating on them throughout the day a habit.

We can choose to think negatively about ourselves, thus feeding that negative image.  Or we can meditate on who we are in Christ and change that image, causing us to see positive changes happen in our lives.   Which will you choose?

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