Philippians 4:8 (NIV) says:
Friends, 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.
Most of us have written out a “To Do” list of some sort. These lists tell us all that we need to do like, call the Accountant, drop off library books, go to Post Office, read the latest posts on The Good FIG Basket webpage.
But how many of us have written out a “To Don’t Do” list listing things we want to remove from our life?
My favorite line from the movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy” is:
“Does the noise in my head bother you?”
That is so hilarious! But very serious at the same time.
In my recent posts, we’ve been working on removing the physical clutter from our lives, but now I want to shift gears and look at removing some of the clutter in our minds. This is a bit more complicated so let’s begin by letting go of the lies we keep holding onto about ourselves.
I want to encourage you to grab a notebook, fold the paper in half. One side write: “To Don’t Do”. The other half write: “To Do”.
This week let’s focus on not believing the noise in our head.
- Don’t believe the noise in your head The obsessive noise that says you’re not good enough or thin enough or strong enough or smart enough or holy enough.
- Don’t believe the noise in your head that says you need to have what everyone else has. More stuff is called clutter. More stuff doesn’t equal happiness. We are decluttering our lives.
- Don’t ever believe the noise in your head that tells you that God couldn’t possibly love you just the way you are. He does. You are His child. Nothing can stop Him from loving you.
- Don’t believe the noise in your head that keeps bringing up past lies about you. The past is forgiven. Believe whatever is true about you in the present. God does.
- Don’t believe the wrong things others say about you, believe whatever is right. God knows the truth.
- Don’t believe unkind words that are said against you. Instead believe whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable about yourself. God does.
Now onto your “To DO” list”. Here’s what it will say:
- If anything is excellent or praiseworthy—I will think on these things about myself. Write that a dozen times or until it makes you smile.
Oh, just two more very important things. Proverbs 17:37 says: A Friend Loves at All Times. I want you to write:
A Friend loves Herself at All Times.
That comes from James 2:8. If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right.
Then finish by writing one final thing on your “To DO” list.
I’m Saying Goodbye to the Noise in My Head!
P.S. Do you have some great ideas for us to add to our “To Don’t Do” list? We’d love to hear from you. Just use the comment below link!