Recently I started working with a Registered Dietician and Health Wellness Coach — it’s something I meant to do for years and finally decided to act on in 2018. And much to my surprise, I am actually enjoying my time working with her; especially as we make our way through the concepts found in a book and workbook she encouraged me to pickup. The material is amazing and speaks to an intuitive eating approach that is causing me to reconsider everything I’ve thought and believed when it comes to diet and exercise (but that’s another post!) I am finally beginning to consider a new truth.
In an exercises I covered in my readings a couple of weeks ago, I was asked to write down how I would respond to someone who was struggling with their weight and was discouraged by their efforts and lack of discernible results. That was an easy question – one I was able to answer readily. I wrote out this beautiful response marked by words of encouragement including lots of affirmation and reminders that that persons worth was not tied to a number on a scale. The next question wasn’t so easy and frankly sent me spinning. “How would I respond to myself in dealing with a similar struggle?”
Cue the significant and momentous pause. I didn’t even have to think about my answer because I knew the truth. Trust me, it was neither encouraging nor affirming. I had to put the workbook down and walk away.
I couldn’t even bring myself to jot down a response. Instead, I thought of all the things I tell myself when I don’t preform the way I think I should, when I don’t think I get the response from my efforts that I desire. I can tell you, it wasn’t pretty. And, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was pretty horrible at extending any self-compassion. I was as hard on myself as anyone could be and I knew it had to stop.
What about you? Do you struggle with those same or similar harsh words? Are you good at extending yourself some self-compassion?
I decided that day that I was not going to continue with this pattern of self-talk and behavior – no matter how honestly I came by it. However, I knew that I was going to have to be deliberate in changing my behavior and that it would be hard not to fall into old routines and beliefs about who I was and what I deserved.It's time to embrace the truth about what God says about us. Do you know who and whose you are? #MyDaddySays Click To Tweet
This is what the Bible tells us about who and whose my heavenly Father says we are. Instead of hanging onto the old self-defeating lies, let’s focus on a better list.
Let’s start with a Top 10 List that is built on the truth of what our Daddy says about us.
I am a child of God. (1 John 3|2)
I am dearly loved. (Romans 5|8)
I am the head and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28|13)
I am redeemed and forgiven. (Ephesians 1|7)
I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5|17)
I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5|14)
I am a soldier. (2 Timothy 2|3)
I am a temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6|19)
I am free. (Galatians 5|1)
I have a glorious future. Romans 8|18
I pray that this week you would take some time to meditate on the scripture above. It takes a lot of time and effort to erase the vernacular we’ve put in use over the years about ourselves and I for one believe it’s time for a change.