If you look back on your day, how much of it was consumed with negative thinking? Not just about the circumstances of the day, but of yourself?
If you are like me, a lot of it.
It is almost as though I was a fish at the bottom of a lake. As I swam about my day, the more I moved my fins the more murky water would rise up.
All of the concerns (lets call them the roots), go back to the trunk of the tree (fear).
Common fears are:
It’s my fault. I’m to blame. Why am I this way. Where are my headed. Is this right? Will I fail? Why did I mess up again. Why am I so weak. I am lost. I will forever feel like this.
Then the dwelling starts. A cycle of tasting more fears until eventually you are filled with them. And what happens when you eat something? It starts to be what you are composed of. If you eat healthy your body becomes healthy. If you eat junk, your body starts to not feel the best.
So, what was I doing? What are you doing? Consuming fear daily.
For the longest time, I wondered why I was so confused. Some days I would just struggle to see the world clearly. The truth was the road hidden behind the foggy windshield.
That is when I knew I needed to change.
So I started making declarations.
I once talked to a priest in confession. He told me I needed to start looking in the mirror and reminding myself “God loves me and I am lovable.” He told me I could stop when I believed it.
That is one declaration. Something I know is true regardless of my mind or feelings which are telling me otherwise.
Here are some declarations you may want to use:
I am loved by God.
I am a child of God Almighty.
I am filled with the Holy Spirit.
I am watched over by the Blessed Mother, the Angels, and the Saints.
I believe in the Gospel.
One day I will embrace Christ.
I am a Knight of Christ.
I am a warrior for His Kingdom.
I will courageously do Christ’s will.
Friends, it’s all about changing what we consume. Over time by declaring and following through with your statements, you will experience change. Fear will scatter.
C.S. Lewis has a famous quote,
“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices because I am out of the fight.”
So fight. Fight against fear by declaring the truth.
Because everyday you might not have the power over your feelings.
You might get lost in the ups and the downs.
But in the end, you are in charge of the will.
The will to do His will.