What if you were to speak to yourself with kindness and compassion? What does this even look like? Maybe instead of telling yourself that you do nothing right and can’t get it together, you say, ‘I’m having a rough time, this is hard, I need some support, I need a hug, I need a moment to soak this all in.’
A plant can’t grow very well in bad soil. And we, like plants, cannot change, grow or heal very well in negative head spaces. Let’s try to change the way we speak to ourselves.
This isn’t always easy. Sometimes we’re stuck speaking to ourselves in negative ways because we truly feel that way about ourselves, or because we’ve been mistreated and spoken to in a negative way in the past.
The Lord tells us in Isaiah 41:10, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Is there anyone who doesn’t need to hear this encouragement, these promises of God? And this is just one passage out of so many more. With this being true, knowing that God is for us and promises to help us – we can choose to start replacing our own words with His words (renewing our minds). Which in turn, makes it possible to change, grow and heal; in good soil.