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What’s Playing in Your Mind?
By Joel Osteen - Sep 14, 2018

There’s a recording constantly playing in our mind that’s telling us who we are. The problem for some people is that their recording is negative. It’s been that way so long they don’t realize it. Something is telling them over and over, “You’re not attractive…you don’t have a good personality…you’ve made too many mistakes.” They don’t feel good about themselves because of what’s playing. Some of this started back in childhood. Somebody told them they’ll never do much in life. A friend of mine told the high school counselor that he wanted to become a doctor, but the counselor told him that he didn’t have the skills to do that. My friend was so deflated, and he let that message play over and over and never went after his dreams.

Are you letting what somebody said hold you back? Have you allowed it to become part of the recording that plays in your mind? The good news is, you control your recording. You don’t have to let those thoughts keep playing. The key is to turn off the old recording and put on a new one. Here’s what should be playing in your mind. “I am talented, valuable, attractive, and blessed. I have a good personality.” Pay attention to what’s playing in your mind. Don’t go through life being against yourself, focused on your faults, and carrying a nagging feeling that’s always reminding you of what you’re not and how you don’t measure up.  

Take inventory of what’s playing. Delete any defeating thoughts of being unworthy, not good enough. Then put on a new recording. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you go through the day playing what God says about you. The psalmist said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Play the new recording, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m a masterpiece. I’m one of a kind. I have seeds of greatness.”

David said, “God, You made me in an amazing way. What You have done is wonderful.” One version uses the word “marvelous.” Imagine going through the day with those words playing in your mind: “I’m amazing. I’m marvelous. I’m wonderful.” God wants you to feel right about yourself. When He created you, He stepped back and said, “That was very good.” When you look in the mirror in the morning, why don’t you say, “Good morning, you amazing thing. Good morning, you fearfully-and-wonderfully-made child of the Most High God.” You’re not bragging on you; you’re bragging on what God has done. When you feel good about yourself, you’ll go further, you’ll have better relationships, and you’ll enjoy life more. It all starts on the inside.

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