Do you hear what I hear?
Have you ever played the childhood game of telephone? You know the one, where you whisper in your neighbor's ear - and they whisper in their neighbor's ear - and so on around the circle. When the message ends with the last person and they say it out loud, it makes for a good time - but it quite rarely sounds like the beginning sentence.
How many of us have a few words, statements or phrases that run on non-stop play in our heads? These could be statements about our worth, our value, our abilities or any host of other topics. What do the words say? Are they words of life - or words of death? (And don't just say it is a great beat and the words don't matter - they do!)
Words are powerful. They can build up or tear down. How we use the words matter. I have talked with some of the most confident women you will meet - and when asked about their internal dialogue, it would stun you. Because the words are not words of confidence or value or worth. They are words of destruction many times.
When I find myself in a bad place of playing the negative internal dialogue over and over - I try to switch up the "tune". Philippians 4:8 says, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." This is why the "5 days of Praise or Thankfulness" challenge works. It forces us to think about the good things.
Try it! What true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy thing are you thinking on today? How are you speaking words of life to yourself in place of words of death?