Several years ago, I was writing a chapter for a compilation book, and was getting frustrated trying to edit it down to the required length. This was my first opportunity to have anything published, and I was letting the pressure get to me. I wanted so badly to write, and felt like I’d hit a wall and was going to fail. I shut my laptop hard and was about to walk out of the room in angry self-pity, when a nearly audible voice said to my heart, “Who are you?”
I realized God was giving me a choice. I could speak out of my frustration, self-pity, and fear of failing, or I could speak out of who I knew I could be in him. I closed my eyes, took a breath, and said, “I’m a writer.”
“Yes, you are. So write.”
So. Who are you?
What declarations are you making over yourself? Are you going to curse yourself with things like “I’m so stupid,” and “I hate my life”? Are you going to limit yourself with things like “Nothing good ever happens to me,” and “I wish I had their life”?
Or, are you going to agree with who God says you are? Are you going to see your life with the grace he does? Are you going to bless yourself and everyone else around you by living in the love, joy, and peace he has for you?
When you have a moment alone with him, thank Jesus for your life. Give him every negative thing you’ve spoken over yourself, and ask him to fill your heart and mind with his grace and truth. Ask him to show you how brilliantly he sees you. Receive it. Agree with him, even if you don’t feel it yet.
Bless your life, in words and actions. Be aware all day of the opportunities he gives you to live in that new life and leave the old one behind. Bless everyone around you by being the best version of yourself.
“Forget what’s behind you; don’t dwell on the past. Behold, the new things I’m doing are coming to life. Do you not perceive it? I will make a way through the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18,19).