Do you ever feel so small in this great big world? So small that you don’t feel as if you matter? I hate it when I allow my thoughts to go down this road. I feel as if the world can swallow me up. You know the thoughts:
“I’m a bad wife… a bad mother… a bad daughter…”
“How can Jesus love me? I’m so inadequate.”
Thankfully, I don’t think like this often. And when I do, I now have the necessary training to divert my thoughts away from myself to the One who saved me ~ my Lord Jesus Christ. I know you probably think that “training” sounds funny in this context. I’ve learned that Jesus wants us to redirect our thoughts to thoughts of Him at all times – good and bad. I don’t think this is a natural thing for our human minds to do (at least for me it isn’t) so it does require focus and training in the form of meditation and praying. I have two Bible verses that I quote over and over to myself multiple times a day that help me stay focused in right thinking.
Look to the Lord and his strength. Seek his face always. 2 Chronicles 16:11
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Closing my eyes and speaking these verses to myself will often bring the image of Christ to me. And with this image comes an instant calming, no matter what my circumstances. I encourage you to try it. Jesus does not want any of us to think poorly of ourselves. He went to the Cross so that we could all be made righteous and whole.
Another trick I do to keep my focus right is to write verses on index cards. At the beginning of the day, I will look through my growing stack of index cards and pull the verses that touch me that day. Then throughout the day, I will pick them up and read them. I’ve also written some of my favorite verses on index cards and included in cards that I send to people who may be going through some turmoil in their life. Sharing Jesus and His Word is NEVER the wrong thing to do. By making Jesus the center of your universe, you will feel loved and cherished and accepted. Sometimes in my darkest times, I ask Jesus to wrap His arms around me and I feel protected and safe. My greatest desire is for every one of my friends and family to have this same Comforter that I have.