talking to yourself?

talking to yourself?

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Hustling between appointments earlier this week, I drove past a man in the midst of a very animated discussion…with himself. He was giving himself or somebody a good talking to.

After watching playoffs and the World Series, seeing this man reminded me of Mark Fidrych. “The Bird” pitched for the Detroit Tigers in the 70s. He used to talk to the ball, and himself, while on the mound.

The Bird was also known for taking time to manicure the mound before each inning.

The Bird was also known for taking time to manicure the mound before each inning.

We all do this, right? Most of us are more discreet than the man I saw or The Bird, but we have these internal discussions.

You might imagine you hear a friend say something negative about you.

You imagine your response, kinda tough, and kinda harsh.

Then, you imagine they say something you can’t believe,

and a split second later you unload on them for even thinking such a thing.

Your blood pressure is up,

your heart is pumping…

Only, nothing was actually said. The heated exchange only happened in your mind. Yet, you’re upset.

Some of my most intense conversations spill out under the hum of my mower, in the backyard. Other than the sideways glance from my faithful lab Leroy, no one ever hears, but these discussions bounce around in my head from time to time.

It’s not just me, and the guy on the corner, is it??

My friend Jay has shared with our Friday morning group we all have this internal discussion going on all the time. Seeing this guy on the street reminded me of something else Jay said about those conversations.

Why don’t we invite Jesus in? We’re already consumed with these thoughts, so why not invite The Lord in and share our conversation with Him?

In isolation, our fears grow bigger, our battles are more intense and our worries run out of control. Alone, we imagine the worst.

God’s Word, though, encourages us to share the deepest burdens with our Father. He wants us to bring our true concerns to Him. 

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you." - 1 Peter 5:7

We often hesitate because we’re not sure we can lay it all out. The Lord might not like what we’re thinking. Friends, He will not be surprised by anything we say.

Psalm 139:1,4 - God knows our thoughts, so we're free to be honest with Him!

Psalm 139:1,4 - God knows our thoughts, so we're free to be honest with Him!

We don’t have to hide our lack of faith or our struggles with others from Him. He’s not looking for a perfect performance. He’s looking for you and me.

“O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.” – Psalm 62:8

When we bring everything to The Lord, He surrounds us with His peace, protecting our mind and heart.

Philippians 4:6-7 - pray about everything!

Philippians 4:6-7 - pray about everything!

This is The Good News; we have been saved, not only from separation from our Father forever, but that we have a Father who loves us & is with us. We often stop at salvation, but there’s so much more.

Our enemy would have us think if we haven’t spoken to God in some time we should be ashamed and keep our distance. That.is.a.lie.

“I am pleased each time you initiate communication with Me…When you realize that your mind has wandered away from Me, don’t be alarmed or surprised. You live in a world that has been rigged to distract you. Each time you plow your way through the massive distractions to communicate with Me, you achieve a victory.” – Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

Imagine a Father who loves you so much more than anyone has ever loved you.

Imagine He was willing to give up His very own Son, to cover all your sins, so that you could come into His perfect presence.

Imagine He did all this, so you would be with Him.

This is your Father. No need to talk alone. Invite Him in.

 

 

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