Affirmations Are Attached to Work
Come on! Say it with me!
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!”
Come on, say it with me!
Yes, I grew up in the generation of Saturday Night Live quoting teenagers. As a high school student with low self-esteem (who had never watched an episode of SNL and had NO idea who the characters were or what the skits my peers recited were like) I repeated this phrase over and over and over.
Perhaps if I said it enough I would believe it. Perhaps if I said it enough, people would like me.
That never really worked out for me, but in all honesty, I never truly believed it.
Were you a part of that generation? Did you repeat that line over and over again?
I have to wonder just how many people know those words, have said those words, and yet have never internalized any one part of that phrase. Just last week I listened as a student told me, “It doesn’t matter. I’ll never get all of it done in time.” I looked them straight in the eye and responded, “How sad. You are right. You won’t now because you just told yourself you wouldn’t. What an awful thing to set yourself up for.” The student looked back at me in disgust. “Just because I say something out loud doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. I can sit here and say I’m going to get a million dollars over and over, but it won’t make it true.” I smile. “If you continue saying that to yourself, hearing your own voice say it, will it make you want it more or less?” “More.” The response is given grudgingly. “I guess.” “And the fact that you are wanting to get that million dollars more every day, plus the fact that others around you have also heard you say you’re going to get it, are you going to sit in this same chair and just keep saying it until a million dollars falls out of the sky into your lap? Or are you going to get up, work towards it, and go get it yourself?”
No, I Wasn’t Wanted–I Was Selected!
Why didn’t my repetition from SNL work? Was it my unbelief? Did I not say it enough times? Perhaps it was the fact I was simply repeating something I heard from others but had never seen or experienced myself. No. There is no work in that affirmation. There is no reason in that affirmation. There are only empty words that are not true.
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:4-5 KJV
One of my favorite verses in scripture comes from Jeremiah. Perhaps because I was one of those “oops” conceptions I cling to this scripture. If it hadn’t been for me, my parents likely wouldn’t have married. My feelings of low self-esteem are deeply rooted. I wasn’t planned means I wasn’t wanted. But then there’s Jeremiah 1. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”
I was planned. You were planned.
We were not only wanted, but KNOWN, prior to conception.
“And before you were born I claimed you as mine and set you apart,”
Not only wanted, SELECTED. Chosen.
“And I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”
Then handed a job that hasn’t been earned.
See, this is an affirmation. God spoke it, but even then it doesn’t magically happen unless Jeremiah or me or you believes it and carries it forward.
I’m not good enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m not even sure what good and smart are. Scripture actually says “…there is none good but one, that is, God.” Mark 10:18. But I can speak because of what He has done in and through me. Are you stuck in a pattern of repeating empty words with no work attached? What words can you speak this morning to affirm what God is doing in you? Could you spare a moment to look through the blog posts below and click the <3 on your favorite 3? Pretty please? Passing out love votes ends at noon on Wednesday, July 1, 2014.