Part 1: There’s a war against the mirror. I’m my own worst enemy!
Part 2: I’m a hazard to myself
Part 3: I wanna be somebody else
I was listening to the artist Pink’s song “Don’t Let Me Get Me” recently and as I bobbed my head I remembered how relatable most of the lyrics were to me. The song paints a picture of her hazardous and persistent negative self talk, thoughts, internal fights and a longing to be someone else, anybody else. Those same thoughts rang true for me at that point in my life. I wondered how many people still feel this way. It reminded me how heavily our thought processes and the things we speak over ourselves are.
There’s a war against the mirror. I’m my own worst enemy!
In the song she sings:
She’s right! We can be our own worst enemy! Male or female, we have all waged war in our very own mirrors. We’ve done it alone, in groups, sporadically, or everyday. “Ugh, I’m ugly” “I’m fat” “I look stupid”; the list could go on for hours. If we let them, the effects show directly on our faces (publicly) or we cover them with a façade of confidence (privately). Neither approach is healthy!
Why call it a war that we wage? Well, that mirror is not the mirror on the wall in Snow White. It does not have the ability to come to life and speak to us! We come up with those negative distortions. We think, say, and believe them. I do understand these ideas come from somewhere, something, or someone, but we have the ability to choose whether we attribute them to ourselves or not. Easier said than done I know.
The battle against the mirror is only a subset of the war that has been waged on a believer of Christ. However, it is a significant battle that once faced, fought, and won can take us so much higher in who we are in Him and in our everyday lives. No matter how many times the battle arises, always fight it! Never give in!
So how do we battle against it? Here’s where we can start:
Watch your mouth!!!
We have to watch what we say! Let’s look at two verses:
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart so is he…” (NKJV)
Proverbs 18:20-21 “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit” (NKJV).
Yes people’s words can hurt us to the core but it doesn’t matter what others say. It’s when we take their words and choose to repeat and believe them that cause movement in the spirit realm. Whether we speak negatively or positively to our “self” we are going to reap the benefits of those words.
“From the produce of his lips”
Produce means “to bring into existence; give rise to; cause…bring forth; give birth to”. What we speak will be produced, birthed, and will fill and affect us, our thoughts, actions, lives, and ultimately the lives of those around us. It’s simple, we speak death we birth death. This could manifest itself as destruction of our self-esteem, the perception of ourselves and the world around us, and may cause people to walk away from us because of our negative outlook. If we speak life then we birth life.
“And those who love it will eat its fruit”
Again the equation is simple, like attracts like. Speak death attract dead things and people. Speak life and attract positive things and people.
Why not start the day with a peace agreement instead of war? We are our first line of defense in the natural! Speak life into your day! Every time you begin to have contradicting thoughts, repeat the positive until the negative disappears. It may take some time and effort but it is effective.