Blueberries, Self-Talk, and The Life that Could be Yours

My blueberry package made me laugh.

I’m not kidding. Every morning this week I’ve chuckled as I’ve made my breakfast. Here’s why:

I wonder how many of us could say the same thing about ourselves? Would you—could you–dare wear a sign that boldly proclaims, “I AM HEALTHY”?

I’m talking about physical health, of course. But more than physical health, could you say that you are spiritually, relationally, and emotionally healthy, too?

And here’s an even more sobering question: would those who know you best say you are healthy?

Because the truth is, most of us think we are fairly healthy. Even if we are not.

Case in point: yesterday I looked in the mirror and, without giving it a second thought, made a negative comment about myself, to myself. JP happened to be in earshot of my comment.

“Wow. Donna, you need to stop with the negative self-talk.”

“What? I’m not a negative person. I’m positive.”

“Did you hear yourself? Honey, that kind of talk, even to yourself—or maybe especially to yourself—isn’t healthy. It robs you of joy and contentment. And it’s not from God.”

Boy! Talk about eye-opening. And soul opening.

It’s easy to become so familiar with our particular way of talking, thinking, acting, eating, or relating—that we mistakenly believe these habits are more healthy than they actually are. Oh sure, we acknowledge we have some areas we need to grow in; we’re not perfect, after all. But in the back of our minds, we believe our normal is our healthy.

We believe we are the blueberry package.

Occasionally, we need someone to lovingly open our eyes to our unhealthy habits. We need someone to say, “That thing you do? It’s not healthy.”

It’s robbing you of the life that could be yours.

You know what Jesus said about unhealthy people? (You’re going to love this!)

“Jesus…told them, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have not come to call those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.’ ”

Mark 2:17

Jesus doesn’t reject unhealthy people. He came to help them! He came to heal them. He came to save them.

So, the only logical response for a woman who hasn’t quite reached her full blueberry potential, yet (i.e.”I AM Healthy!”), is to allow Jesus to help make her healthy in the areas she is not.

This is the heart behind the “Get Healthy” series. If you haven’t watched the “Get Healthy” messages on Confidence, why don’t you start now? Or plan to join me live (if you live in southern CA) for a five-week session on Contentment starting Tuesday evening, January 30th, from 6:30-8:00pm (click here for info). If you don’t live close by, consider downloading the free (Yes! Free!) Bible study and videos (watch for info coming in February).

It’s time we–along with my blueberry package–confidently declare, “I AM HEALTHY!” And mean it.

More than a Bible teacher, Donna is a self-described Bible explainer. A colorful storyteller who combines Biblical truth with real-life anecdotes, her messages not only help listeners understand God’s Word, but most important, grasp how to live it out in real life.

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