Have you ever tried to accomplish a goal or take the next step in a difficult process, and found yourself talking yourself out of it? You decided to exercise first thing in the morning…and then you find your brain turning around and telling you not to bother getting up. You decided you were going to read more nonfiction books, but as you look over the nonfiction book selections, you get overwhelmed and use that as an excuse not to pick one. Life goes on, and we cave in to this resistant thought process in our minds that tells us not to bother. Or that we can’t do it. Or, worse, that we amount to nothing and that no one loves us.
Know what I’m talking about?
Yeah. Oftentimes, my biggest resistor and naysayer is myself.
Resistance to the accomplishment of a goal can look like a lot of things. And while physical resistance can be a possibility, the amount of mental resistance that we often face is phenomenal. This resistance can come from ourselves, from others, from society, and so much more, although I would venture a guess that our biggest resistors are ourselves. It is for me.
Who’s the one that tells me I can’t do X? Me.
Who’s the one that says I should give up before I finish? Me.
Who’s the one that says I’ll amount to nothing, and tells me this constantly? Me.
Who’s the one that most often says that God doesn’t love me, despite what His Word says? Me.
That woman looking back at me in the mirror is my biggest critic, my ultimate naysayer, my greatest enemy, and sometimes she drives me nuts!
And while resistance is good for a story, I know for myself it is far too easy to lose in the mental battles.
Facing the Mirror
There is a lot of “positive thinking” material out there, and I’ll let you figure out for yourselves if you think it works or it’s made up. Personally, I have seen the evidence for thinking in a more positive manner regularly, but basing it on Scripture.
So, when you think….
That you are unloved – it’s a lie. (Psalm 78:37-38, John 15:9, John 17:22-23, Romans 8:35-39)
That you have committed a sin that Christ’s blood will not cover and God will never forgive – it’s a lie. (Romans 3:21-26, Galatians 2:19-21)
You can’t accomplish anything – it’s a lie. (II Corinthians 2:14-15, Philippians 4:13)
There is no peace to be had – it’s a lie. (Isaiah 26:3, John 14:27, Philippians 4:6-7)
These are just to name a few.
Is it this easy all the time? No. But as we go about our lives, as we attempt to complete our goals, as we seek after our dreams, we must recognize that the only way we can continue on is to ignore the naysayers in our head.
Will we face resistance? Absolutely. No story is a good one without some conflict and resistance, include internal conflict. But in God, resistance shouldn’t tear us down and it shouldn’t make us decide to give up. So recognize resistance from yourself for what it is – a lie to keep you from accomplishing greater things. Press on.