“If the words you spoke appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?”
This one stung.
Imagine, if you will, that kind words (uplifting, encouraging, sweet, complimentary) were the equivalent of glowy, dewy, perfectly sun-kissed, bronzy skin ? and those unkind words (insulting, negative, hurtful, lying) were the equivalent of zits and splotches and flakey skin ?
Now, if we’re *just* talking about words I speak about others? I honestly feel like I am pretty solid with this – sometimes getting creative so as not to accidentally curse someone ? #TrueTalk … some people are just extra tough to speak kindly about ?
BUT, if we’re talking about self-talk (and yes, I’m counting internal thoughts here, too).
Well, I’d have some zits and splotches and flakey skin.
As in, definitely more than I’d want ?
To the point where I’m not confident that my “glowy, dewy, perfectly sun-kissed, bronzy skin” words would be able to counteract them ?
Ugh. It actually really sucks to write this, because it’s so confrontational (to myself) about how I speak/think towards myself.
And, hopefully, it’s confronting to you, too (if you need it) – let’s be KIND to ourselves, too!!
I said some of these “zitty” thoughts out loud to a friend recently, and you’d better believe she called me out on it (as any true friend would).
I saw this quote the following day, and I’m like “I GET IT!”
I’m also going through a “Battlefield of the Mind” (book by Joyce Meyer) study, and our verse of the week is 2 Corinthians 10:5 – “We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed one!”
And then that same verse was mentioned in last night’s sermon.
I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR, LORD ?