There’s a funny skit we ran across from an old MadTV episode. It’s classic and my husband uses it on me now. If you want the reference, watch Stop It.
No, he’s not heartless. He only yells “Stop it!” at me when we are playing and I reciprocate the joke at the right time.
But I’ve begun to realize the power of using the “therapy” on myself, especially when it comes to my thoughts and words.
I’m an introvert, a thinker, an analyzer, a dreamer; and while those can be fun and meaningful things, they have the potential to be destructive. Fear, worry and obsession can partner with those traits and it can be so easy to feed them.
you I need to know: our thoughts lead to words and our words strengthen our thoughts.
I’ll let that sink in for a minute.
A thinking person and a wordy person has phenomenal potential or a crippling combination. But remembering the simple truth above can quite truly change your life.
Because here it is: when my thoughts begin to take a downward spiral into fear, anxiety or defeat, I have a choice to STOP IT.
As a practical example (and I challenge you to try this yourself), when I feel overwhelmed in my responsibilities as a mother and wife, I tend to think it, then I verbalize it. That’s what women do, right? I might verbalize it to myself, my husband, and then a couple of friends. The more I say it, the easier it is to say. But, the easier it is too, to feel overwhelmed.
Don’t underestimate the power of suggestion!
Conversely, if I think I feel overwhelmed, I can trick myself. I can say, out loud, “I can do this” or a number of other counter things. It helps to be specific (“OK, the first thing I’ll do is ____, and there is no reason to hurry, I am in control of this situation”, etc.).
And then verbalizing it to others not only confirms it in our minds, it builds their confidence in us, they treat us with said confidence, and the snowball effect goes in a positive direction.
There is no boasting involved; in fact, this “trick” can be a real tool to encourage others.
I find that quoting Scripture out loud and repeating biblical truth is the very best way to combat wrong thoughts. Because the words strengthen the thoughts. God’s Word, then, is the best way to change what I’m thinking. As I share with others my strength in the Lord, they are built up and we encourage one another.
And before long, when my words change, my thoughts change, then my words change…..and my life is changed.
“…by the renewing of your mind…”