Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
One of my goals for this new year is to get organized. Honestly, it’s on the list every year, and each passing year I do make a bit of progress. I’m just not there yet. My clothes closet is the worst offender. Recently it was more of an offense than usual. It was dark.
The foot florescent ceiling fixture went out. It wasn’t the bulbs; I tried to replace all four. Fixing the darkness required a professional. My problem was, however, I was too embarrassed to let a stranger look at my messy closet, so the closet remained dark.
For months (really) I scrounged around in the dark closet searching for something to wear. I used a flashlight for a while going on a hunt for my jeans and a proper shirt. After a while my wardrobe became a series of piles and the longer the closet stayed dark, the more confused the piles became. I dreaded picking out an outfit for church or going out of the house. Each time I opened the doors, the walls would tease and taunt, “You are such a loser because you can’t keep your closet tidy.” “You should be ashamed,” the closet would ridicule.
And the closet-talk became self-talk. These thoughts got in my head, and I began to believe them and repeat every word.
Writer Jennifer Rothschild says in her book, Me, Myself, and Lies, that the words we say to ourselves are stored in our “thought closets.” When we say negative, hurtful things about ourselves to ourselves, these thoughts are stored in our minds and memories.
The more you tell yourself you are unworthy, unloved and unable, your thought closet gets cluttered, and there’s no room for the truth. You have trouble finding what God says about you. How do we clean out the closet?
I believe God knows us so deeply that He knew we would need to hear over and over how much we mean to Him. So, He filled the His Word from Genesis to Revelation with words of his unfailing love.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:1
And this is just a few of the words God speaks about his love for us. You see, if God, our Creator sees us as worthy, loved and able, we are.
Today, if a thought comes to your mind, that is less than what God knows about you, capture it and replace it with the truth.
You wouldn’t say those things to another person, why would you say them to yourself? Replace the negative, hurtful words in your thought closet with God’s words.
You are loved.
You are beautiful.
You are worthy.
You are able.
You are His.
You are a beloved daughter of the King. You are perfect in the eyes of God. You can do anything through Him.
Once we understand how God sees us, the only thing we can do is overflow with gratitude and thankfulness. I am still in awe when I stop and remember that I am a child of the One True God. With that thought in my closet, there is no room for anything else.
With the help of my very capable son, the fixture was replaced with a new brighter light. It took some time, but my clothes are now orderly and easy to find. I just needed a little help and a lot of truth to get my closet in order.
I pray today that you remind yourself of who you are and fill your “thought closet” with beautiful truths.
Father, thank you that we are wonderfully made just the way your want. Let us keep in mind how much we are loved and fill our hearts and minds with the knowledge of your unfailing love.
DIGGING DEEPER: Cleaning out our thought closets begins by knowing who we are in Christ. We must align our thoughts with His truth. To do that we can begin by writing God’s Word on our hearts. SUBSCRIBE today to Living One Word and you will receive the first month of scripture memorization cards. A new set will be in your email each month. Memorize one verse per week and at the end of the year you will have 48 verses in your thought closet! SUBSCRIBE HERE.