Communication. A word that seems simple but can be so complicated.
The dictionary defines communication as “the imparting or exchanging of information or news” or “means of connection between people or places, in particular” and there is not a minute that goes by where we aren’t hit by some form of communication. We get personal or work emails. We’re on social media. We watch television or listen to the radio. But the most important types of communication we should be paying attention to is the communication we have with ourselves, with each other and with God.
Whether we want to admit or not we all have conversations with ourselves most of which happen in our head. We are constantly having thoughts about ourselves and sadly most of those are negative. How many times have you said or thought, “I can’t do that” or “I don’t deserve to be happy” or “I will never forgive myself”. And we wholeheartedly believe it. We consistently stop ourselves from achieving what we want because somewhere along the way we developed the habit of speaking negativity into our lives.
The twelve men Moses sent to survey the land of Canaan, the land that God had already promises the children of Israel, came back with a negative report because they feared the people that lived there. As a result they never got to see the promised land (Numbers 13). Judas couldn’t forgive himself for betraying Jesus and his unforgiveness caused him to kill himself (Matthew 27:4-5).
But that’s not how God wants us to live. The bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 that we should think on things that are true and positive. Not in an unrealistic way but in a healthy way. Yes, we may not be good a certain things. Yes we may have limitations. But that shouldn’t keep us from trying and moving forward. How we see ourselves and what we think about ourselves go hand in hand and God knew that we would struggle with this which is why He is always telling us throughout His word to see ourselves the way He see’s us…forgiven and redeemed.
God doesn’t see us as secondhand, used goods. He see’s us as a treasure to beautiful to behold. He loves us, cares for us and believes in us. Why can’t we do the same?
Next time I’ll talk about the communication we have with each other.