I can’t believe I’m going to share this . . .
I grew up in the days when you had to get up from the couch and actually turn the knob on the big console TV to change the channel. I remember hearing about this thing called the Nielsen ratings and how they could tell how many people watched each show.
I was young, so I had no idea they did it by polling. Instead of asking someone who knew better, I just imagined somehow each television had a little box inside, almost like a tiny monkey, that would somehow report to someone somewhere exactly which channels I watched. (This was probably a good thing for my parents because you can bet I didn’t watch anything I shouldn’t have.)
Seriously, though, how ridiculous is that? I had no idea how something worked, and my mind made up something foolishly far-fetched instead of finding the truth.
I still do it today, but not about the television. You do it too. We still think ridiculous thoughts because we either don’t know, or we forget, how things work. So, today, let’s take a look at the foolish things we tell ourselves—and then find out the truth from the One who knows better.
You think God is angry at you and that he holds your sins against you. In reality, he says—thanks to Jesus—he doesn’t even remember them (Isaiah 43).
You think you will find happiness by dating someone who is not your spouse. God says to enjoy life with your wife (Ecclesiastes 9).
You think your anxiety will go away with another glass of wine or another bowl of ice cream or another pair of shoes. But God says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
You think your value is found in your appearance while God tells you that he looks at your heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
You question where God is when money is tight, and God tells you he never forsakes the righteous (Psalm 37:25).
You think that worrying about every single bad thing that could happen to your child means you’re actually in control. God says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your [or your child’s] life?” (Luke 12:25).
You think because you are single (whether intentionally or unintentionally) that you are missing out. God says no matter what your relationship status, Jesus came so you would have life to the full (John 10).
What thoughts do you have that aren’t in line with what God says? Share them in the comments—and be sure to add what God says. I bet other people have thought them too and would like the encouragement you have to offer.
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who is apparently willing to share pretty much anything, even if it is embarrassingly ridiculous.
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