Today I ran across this post on Facebook:
We love giving ourselves pep talks, don’t we? We adore the idea of continually praising ourselves and lifting ourselves up. We love relying on our own awesomeness to get us through the day/help us accomplish something/help us find happiness. We just keep going there, over and over again. We love making everything all about us.
I want to suggest to you that Christians should have a different set of “lines” to say every day. But, instead of saying them to ourselves, we say them to Jesus.
- Jesus, You are the best.
- Jesus, You can do it.
- Jesus, You are always with me.
- Jesus, You are the winner.
- Jesus, today is Your day.
The key to surviving each day, to finding joy, to accomplishing anything at all that matters, is waking up every morning and acknowledging that today is all about Him, not me. And, this is also the only way that we discover our true worth in Christ. We can’t understand how miraculous His great love for us is until we examine how perfect and incredible God is and how weak and unspectacular we are. We may be brave, with His help. We may be accomplishing all sorts of great things, but only because He wills it and gifts the ability and talents. The first thing on our minds every day should be praise for the God of the universe, not praise for ourselves.
If we want to hear some uplifting truths about ourselves, we don’t have to look any further than His word. He tells us who we are. He calls us His children, His prized possession. He calls us conquerors, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, fearfully and wonderfully made. He says we are new creations and His workmanship.
James 4:10 says we are to humble ourselves before the Lord, and HE will exalt us. He doesn’t need our help.
So, if you are just dying for a Stuart Smalley-type experience each morning and must deliver some “lines” to help you kick-start your day, start with this one: Jesus, You are the best. And believe it.