I am blessed with some pretty amazing women who have become dear friends over the years. Inspiring, hard-working, overcoming, incredible women. We may not get to see each other nearly often enough, but they continue to bless me with their wisdom even when we don’t get to hang out– through the modern miracle of social media.
One such fine young lady is Melissa Pierce. Melissa is the pastor’s wife of local Generation Church. Melissa is one of these “I’ll go straight into enemy territory” kinda gals. Whether it is into the “adult entertainment” industry where she ministers tirelessly with an incredible team of Jesus freaks or literally behind enemy lines in war torn countries, Melissa is a Rock Star in the hall of faith…because she stands on the solid Rock of Jesus.
So yesterday she posts this little gem on facebook:
Don’t let the negatives become the narrative.
I needed that.
As a mom, sometimes the negatives can really take over our lives. The negatives we see in ourselves physically, the negatives we hear ourselves say to our children or our spouse, the negatives we play over and over in our heads as we desperately try to carve out a little sleep.
And those negatives can easily become a narrative in our minds and for our lives quite by accident. They can become the lies we begin to accept about ourselves. They can shape our decision making and truly alter our life course if we are not careful.
Think about it.
How many negatives have you told yourself or uttered already today?
How many negatives are you focusing on right now?
How many obvious blessings are we ignoring because of some negative that is quickly becoming a narrative?
Let’s be mindful of how many times the Word tells us to praise the Lord. It’s hard to practice all the negatives in our mind when we are busy praising. Even if it is a simple old hymn as you go about your business of the day!
Second, the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8:
“Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy– meditate on these things.” (emphasis added by me)
Look… parenting is hard. This is the toughest job in the world and likely our efforts won’t be fully appreciated by the biggest recipients of our efforts for decades. I know how difficult it is to keep the fear and negativity at bay, moms and dads. But remember:
Don’t let the negatives become the narratives. Sing a simple praise song even through tears if you must and remember to focus on the blessings and the positives.