Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Talking to yourself...good?

I always thought talking to yourself was kinda silly, even though I sometimes do it. It’s not something generally encouraged. However, recently I read Humility: True Greatness and C.J. Mahaney suggested talking to yourself! Surprised?

Mr. Mahaney quotes Martin Lloyd-Jones who expresses:
“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?”

Think about that. As strange as it may seem, it’s true! When you daydream, you’re allowing your mind to wander—you’re listening to yourself. Daydreaming isn’t always “bad”, but often times it decreases our productivity, distracts us from things we should be doing, or even disregards the command to think whatever is true, noble, right, pure…

Mr. Mahaney continues:
“Take a moment to review and examine your pattern of thinking yesterday. Did you spend more time speaking truth to yourself, or was most of your time spent listening to yourself? Most of us spend more time listening to lies than we do speaking truth to ourselves.”

Our hearts are prone to wander, so we must take every thought captive. Our actions follow our thinking, so we must actively take each thought captive to the obedience of Christ. And in order to learn to think what is honorable and pleasing to God we must replace our wrong thoughts with right thoughts. Only Christ can give us the power, strength and ability to do this, but it also involves talking to yourself. Not silly, made-up conversations. On the contrary, learn to speak truth into your life. This involves meditating, memorizing and quoting Scripture and reminding yourself of the promises and commands God has given in His Word. Diligent study of Scripture will reap great rewards.


Kristen said...

Great exhortation, Allison -- what a challenge! Thanks for emphasizing the need for meditating on the Word and God's truth throughout the day... I need to work on this more in my own life.

Rachel Sokolik said...

Good food for thought- thanks!