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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Dec. 1, 2010 - Self-Talk

By Randy Mantik

Have you heard the story about the man who had a flat tire on a deserted country road? When he went to look in the trunk, there was no jack. Not far away, he saw a farm. As he went along, he started thinking out loud about the outcome of his predicament.

“I bet they’ll think I’m really stupid to get stranded without a jack. I bet they don’t even have a jack.”

A few steps later ...

“I bet if they have a jack, they still won’t give it to me. They’ll probably lie about it, and say they don’t have a jack.”

About that time, all worked up, he made it to the door of the farmhouse. When the farmer answered the door, the man blurted out, “YOU CAN KEEP YOUR STUPID JACK!”

It’s just a humorous story, and yet at times I identify with the man and the self-talk that was going on. He didn’t even see whether the person would or could help him. He shut him off even before the farmer could say anything.

I believe our self-talk can cause us to miss out on blessings from God as well. When we face frustrating relationships and fractured communication and difficult circumstances, we can tend to see our lives negatively. We start to view every difficult circumstance as some sort judgment from God.

We naturally search for an explanation of what takes place in our lives and, if we have already yielded to the temptation to negative self-talk, then every form of misfortune only deepens our belief that we’re on the receiving end of some divine grudge. When a family member or friend dies, when we become jobless, when we fail an examination, when we live through a separation or a divorce, when a fire destroys our home — all of these crises raise the question “Why?”

Too often our answer is one of continuing despair. “I always thought I was no good and God has it in for me. Now I know for sure because my life proves it!”

A few years ago when Debbie and I spent some time with a Christian counselor, the counselor recognized this trait in me. She gave us a list of characteristics describing who we are in Christ according to Scripture.

• I am the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).
• I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
• I am a child of God (John 1:12).
• I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (John 15:1,5).
• I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15).
• I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16).

Day after day I would read through this list, and allow the truth to settle into my heart. As I took hold of those biblical promises, I discovered I was being renewed in the spirit of my mind (Ephesians 4:23).

This list, and others I’ve seen like it, gives us a different train of thought to run on. I hope you’ll join me today in redirecting your thoughts and reminding yourself how precious you are in the sight of your Heavenly Father.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.

 

 

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