Have you ever called yourself an idiot? After accidentally dinging the shiny new car next to you, what comes out of your mouth? When you drop your mug and coffee spills everywhere, what do you say? Are you repeating what your dad or an old teacher or your ex called you? Maybe it didn’t stick back then, but now you find you’ve subconsciously bought into the lie that you’re messed up and don’t have what it takes.
Well, next time you talk to yourself that way, think about who you’re talking to! You’re calling a child of God an idiot! Are you kidding? You would never call a child of God and a brother or sister of Jesus a name like that, no matter what they’d done.
Maybe you forgot who you are. Maybe, just for a moment, you thought you were still the person who screwed up their marriage. Or disappointed his parents. Or failed an exam because they didn’t read the instructions carefully. Yes, you did those things, but when the Holy Spirit came into your life, you became new!
We’ve all done idiotic things. But that’s not who you are. Not now. Never again.
Words are powerful. Adolf Hitler conquered half of the world with words. There’s no evidence he ever fired a shot in his conquest. He used words to convince himself and millions of others that his words were true. They were not. But look at the damage done.
Be kind to yourself…no matter what. Try saying, “That’s unfortunate” or, “Dang, I really hate that happened.”
Try to avoid attaching that kind of identity to yourself again. But don’t beat yourself up if you slip up, that’s not the point either. Give yourself grace, pause, and remind yourself who your Father says you are.
Scripture: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
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