My greatest struggle over the years has been that deep-rooted feeling that I was ‘not good enough.’ Feeling and believing this way led me to some very unhealthy places.
I became lethargic and allowed circumstances to roll over me because I believed I was a door mat. People were always going to wipe their feet on me, because that’s who I was.
Because I was thinking I wasn’t good enough, it brought along feelings that I can’t do this. I have failed before, so I will probably fail again.
The mind is the battlefield, and your life is always moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts. You become who you think you are.
The Bible says that as a man thinks so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
In other words, our thinking becomes our reality. If you believe you are a victim, always blaming outside circumstances, you will stay a victim. Yet the power to change is inside you, but if you believe it isn’t, then you are trapped.
When your mind is consumed by negative thinking, you literally create pathways in your brain, ruts of bad thinking and your mind finds it easier to slide down that rutted road, than to try something different.
The biggest battle you will ever face is changing the way you think about yourself, but it is necessary if you want to change the way you live.
In Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul says that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. Renewing your mind is the same as rewiring your brain.
The fact that life moves in the direction of your strongest thought is also empowering, because if I can change my thinking I can change the way I feel about myself and my perception of this world will change.
To start, we need to identify and pull down that stronghold of lies that has created a pathway of negativity in your brain. When these negative thoughts pop into our mind, we need to ask ourselves if this thought is making me stronger or weaker?
It is a type of warfare, monitoring and assessing our thought life, targeting our negative thoughts and bringing them down!
Out of desperation, I started affirming who I was in God. His perception of me as a child of God, made me enough, good enough and more than enough.
And because of this truth, these were the words I would repeat to myself over and over:
- I am enough,
- I am good enough,
- I am more than enough.
Because God sees me for whom I am, a beloved child of God (1 John 3:1). He sees my potential and His plans for me are above and beyond my own thoughts and imagination.
The term we often hear ‘change your thinking, change your life’ is true.
Jesus made me ‘good enough’ and acceptable to God when He died on the cross for my weakness and failure to keep his standards. Now I have to believe that.
I am enough. I am worthy. Nothing is impossible. I can change and I can do it because Jesus made it so.