Didn’t I tell you I’d be back with another post with my daily declarations?
3. I prioritize positive self talk. The Bible says “For as a he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) The first time I read this scripture, I took it literally. My first perception was that Solomon understood the importance of self talk and how important it is to be watchful and mindful of how you perceive yourself and your life. It’s vital to guard yourself with positivity. Filling your mind with negative thoughts (whether the words come from you or someone else) is exactly what the enemy does to shift your focus off of your greatness and your identity. If he can convince you that you’re worthless; that you are stupid or lazy or dumb or a screw up or a nobody, he can take control of your entire life and begin to alter the path you’re currently on. He’ll place you into situations that will reinforce your negative mindset. He’ll put you in situations where you constantly question yourself. He’ll alter the neutrality of your subconscious and have you thinking you have no peace and no purpose in life. He’ll completely ruin your life with one seed of negativity; and you’ll be the one who watered the it. Satan can only plant seeds of negativity into your mind. He can only whisper negative thoughts into your ear but it’s up to you to accept it as truth. Philippians 4:8 talks about how your focus should be on things that are positive: purity, things that are lovely and commendable, any moral excellence and anything that is praiseworthy. Paul is highlighting the thoughts that Christ thinks towards you in this scripture. Don’t you think you should have those same thoughts towards yourself?
4. My self image and self worth is fiercely biased. 1 Corinthians 12:12 says “For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body-so as is Christ.” This scripture alone completely redefined my self image and worth. Growing up, I was not very proud of my body because it did not look like other girls my age. They had voluptuous bodies and long curly hair and I was rail thin with bad skin. Over the next 12 years after I graduated high school, I struggled with self acceptance and feeling beautiful. I would spend hours in the gym and hours on the internet reading about how to be sexy, how to grow a booty and how to be confident. One day, I finally came to the realization that I had it all wrong; that in all my trying, I was focused on the wrong thing the entire time. Self worth doesn’t come through how big your butt is or how chiseled your abs are. You don’t find it in trying to learn how to be sexy or by taking self help classes. Now don’t get me wrong, the aforementioned things are not bad things to focus on. Self improvement in and of itself is not negative and does not reinforce negative self image or worth. But, self improvement without self realization is deadly. I had to come to a point in my life where I had to choose to let go of who I thought I was and get to know the woman God purposed for me to be. I had to allow God to teach me that it was in the multifaceted parts of myself where my self worth and image was found. I’m now at a place where I am completely and unapologetically proud of who I am and the sheer amount of growth I’ve experienced. I’m sexy. I’m strong. I’m beautiful. I’m funny. I’m skilled. I’m loved. And that’s all that matters.