In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, I was part of a handful of teenagers that started a newspaper (more like a flyer) for the church youth group. After writing an article on an event that we had experienced, my friend criticized my article, and she told me that I wasn’t a good writer. In fact, she said that she was going to rewrite my article and she did!
Her words really wounded me, and that critical voice has affected me to the point where every time I write, doubt starts knocking at the door. -But just because it’s knocking doesn’t mean it gets to come in. Why? I won’t let it.
It’s time to stop the voices of your past from having power over your today and your tomorrow.
There are gifts, talents, and passions that you have been given to share with the world around you and that voice wants to shut you down from living out your purpose.
We need to disarm the voices of our past by taking these simple steps:
Ask yourself, where did this thought originate?
Ask yourself, is this a truth about my character or a lie?
Acknowledge that you have believed a lie about yourself.
Feel the pain associated with that memory.
Forgive the person or people who spoke those words over you.
Speak the opposite of the lie over yourself.
Write the truth down and read it whenever you need encouragement.
Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Each one of us has been given gifts from God to share with the world, to uplift one another, to encourage one another, and to bring each other closer to our Creator God.
Don’t let the voices of your past determine who you are today. Don’t let those voices stop you from sharing the beautiful gifts that God has given you to share with the world.
I believe that God has a good plan and purpose for your life and that nothing is impossible with God. If you’ve read this blog today, it’s because you were meant to. God hears you, he sees you, and knows just what you need when you need it.