This week I have shared with several people struggling with doubts. They were overcome with some of the basic questions of life, like “Who am I?” and “What am I doing here?” The pressure of study, missing home and not having close friends intensified those negative feelings. In fact, this week I have had to deal with some of them myself! Out of my own self doubt I was reminded of some of the things I say to others about the importance of self-talk and maintaining a positive attitude. So here is a list of a few of the things I have heard myself think this week and what I’m now saying:
* But I’m too old to change…… I must keep changing to grow!
* But I’ve always done it this way…… I have natural creativity I haven’t begun to tap!
* But I can’t help it, I’m a creature of habit…… I am an old dog but I can learn new tricks!
* But I want to feel satisfied and comfortable…… how exciting to keep stretching and moving out of my comfort zone!
* But I don’t want to fail…… the only way to increase my success is to increase my failures!
* But I don’t feel like it…… My life is not controlled by feelings!
* But I’m just hoping for the best…… I am making the best a reality!
* But I can’t do it because I haven’t the experience…… I must do some reading and learning from others because I would love to try it!
* But I just know it won’t work…… Let’s see if I can make it work!
* But nobody loves me and nobody cares…… God loves me and lots of people care, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment!
No matter what challenges you are facing this week, the answer starts with what you say to yourself. Choose to put a positive spin on it and you might be surprised by the outcome. The fact is God loves you, He has a plan for your life, and He does not want you to be stuck where you are! He wants you to grow through it. But that will not happen IF you keep telling yourself it is impossible. As Benjamin Disraeli observed:
We are not creatures of circumstance;
We are creators of circumstance!
The best is yet to be!
Chaplain Ian Whitley