I know who that person is for me and although I can’t prove it, I bet it’s the same for you.
I don’t usually speak out loud to this person although once in awhile I have been known to blurt out a few words.
I don’t often engage in long conversations with this person, but during the night when I’d rather be sleeping they occasionally drag on. Sometimes when I talk to this person it’s encouraging, but other times I feel worse when I hear this person speaking.
Can you guess who it is?
Well…the person with whom I converse the most each day is me! And I betting the one with whom you talk most is you.
So if we all talk that much to ourselves, what we tell ourselves becomes really important, doesn’t it?
And while I don’t believe our thoughts can guarantee completely restored physical, emotional and mental health, I do believe they can influence all of these. Christian psychologist, the late Dr. William Backus says we need to remember three facts:
Your beliefs create your thoughts.
Your thoughts generate feelings.
Your feelings affect your body’s healing systems.
Dr. Backus advocates not just positive-thinking, but telling ourselves the truth about our situation. He has gathered many examples of truthful healing beliefs embraced by those who have survived life-threatening illnesses. Here are a few—I hope you add them to your mind’s “pharmacy” or share them with someone else who needs a healing touch:
- “I refuse to believe my diagnosis is an automatic death sentence.
- I believe treatment is effective against this illness, especially the skillful efforts of scientific medicine combined with my strategies for replacing lying thoughts with the truth.
- I believe my hormones and immune system were created to be on the side of my healing and can work to overcome this illness.
- I believe God is on the side of my healing because His unbreakable Word says so.
- I believe I am personally responsible for my treatment and for managing it.
- I believe hope is a choice. I choose hope, not hopelessness.
- I believe I’m on earth to share hope, and joy with others. I’m here to love others, regardless of my physical condition.
- I believe that God’s will is good. I believe that He loves me and wants only the best for me—no matter what He is allowing me to experience right now.
- I can recover from this illness and live a rich, productive life. But whether I recover or not, I am going to leave this life someday regardless. Until then I can live a full life of service every day for as long as I am given.” *
You don’t just honor God when you speak pleasing words to Him, but you also honor Him when you speak pleasing words to yourself.
Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.–Proverbs 16:24
*William Backus, The Healing Power of the Christian Mind (Minneapolis: Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 1996) 96.
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