Are you Kind to Yourself?
Talk to yourself like you would someone you love. - Christine Caine Do you ever pay attention to the words you say about yourself? When something does not go as planned, how do you react? How easy is it to talk yourself out of or into something? Too often when things do not go as planned we talk down our capabilities and selves. We do not encourage ourselves or build ourselves back up. But what if we decided to change how we spoke to our situations or ourselves? What if we consciously made an effort to speak love and encouragement to ourselves when things do not go as planned? Maybe we bounce back a little faster… We may find it easier to move on or forgive ourselves a little quicker. Not only does being aware and conscious of our words help the state of our emotions but it also can help us to be careful not to say things that we may later regret. The Bible says a lot about the words we use: There are some cautions, like in Psalm 39:1a, “…I said, “I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue;” (AMP) and in Psalm 34:13, “…keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” (AMP) There are some benefits, like in Proverbs 13:3, “…The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life; the one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin.” (AMP) and Proverbs 15:23, “…A man has joy in giving an appropriate answer, and how good and delightful is a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!” (AMP) When we consciously use our words for good and encouragement- to build and love on one another- including ourselves, we speak life and growth into the person the words are spoken to. We can change our environment and attitudes in seconds when we chose to speak to them with encouragement and love. Take time over the next few days to notice how you react, respond and the words you use about yourself and the situations that are difficult and watch how those words alter your environment or attitude. If you find yourself on the discouraging side, decide next time to take a moment… breath… and say something kind or encouraging and see how that brings positivity and encouragement to the situation. You are always with you... you are your best encourager. Do not forget to encourage yourself today.