I don’t know about you, but sometimes the lies that fill my head become INTENSE!
I know they’re not true. But, when they’re dropped inside my head, one after the other, gosh! INTENSE!
And, it doesn’t stop with the lies. All of a sudden, the comparison game starts. And then that is INTENSE!
Then, out of the blue, I wonder if someone is unhappy with a decision I made and then that becomes INTENSE!
And then, the lies get lonely, so they start to attack and then it’s a version of INTENSE that made the first round look like a pony show.
EVER BEEN THERE?
Honestly, this happens to me in waves and seasons. It doesn’t always happen. It’s not always super INTENSE.
But, there are seasons where it is crazy bad and just when I think it’s done, another wave of lies come over my mind!
I’m reminded about things like:
- I’m not smart enough to lead a church.
- My church would grow faster if I were a better leader.
- My kids are getting the short end of the stick and they deserve a better dad.
- My wife deserves a better husband.
- I start comparing what God is doing at my church to other churches.
- I start to believe the lie that says I’ll not never get healthy and I should just give up.
I don’t know what lies fill your head, but I would bet they’re just as debilitating.
So, instead of letting my mind dwell in the depth of those lies, here is a spiritual practice that brings a tremendous amount of peace to my mind and thoughts.
Filling my my mind and heart with scripture
Here is a great passage of scripture that reminds me to stop focusing on the lies and to focus on the truth of scripture.
Romans 12:1-2 (message)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.