November 6, 2017


By: Elizabeth Mann [Wake Forest, NC]

We take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5b (GNT)

Most of us struggle with our self-image at some point. As we make daily choices to accept the negative thoughts we have about ourselves, words such as unworthy, worthless, stupid, and alone begin to swirl through our minds and slowly penetrate our hearts. The mirror becomes our greatest rival, reflecting the person we have grown to despise.

Over time, the thoughts we entertain shape who we are and what we do. A negative self-image will take time to change; but by turning over to Christ every hateful, harmful thought and replacing it with healthy, loving thoughts, we honor God, in whose image we are made.

I hate myself
I hate how stressed I get
I hate how emotional I am
I hate how my body looks
I hate making difficult decisions
I hate hating myself

God loves me
I love how specific and careful I am
I love how much I care for others
I love that I am healthy
I love that I try to make the right decisions
I love learning to love myself

Michelle Ankrum [Marshalltown, IA]

Act on It

How can you celebrate the story of your life as it is right now? Spend time thinking about the good things in your life, not the things you want to change.


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