Talking and Listening

Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but there they are, talking to you. They bring back the problem of yesterday. Somebody’s talking. Who’s talking? Your self is talking to you. Check out how David treated this behavior in Psalm 42; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself, “Why are you cast down, O my soul?” he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says: “Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.” I’ll tell you the Truth.

No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you as much as you talk to yourself.

People laugh at that statement, but I’m really quite serious. You’re in an unending, incredibly important conversation with your soul every moment of every day.

You interpret, organize, and analyze what’s going on inside and outside of you. You talk to yourself about the past, you talk to yourself about the future, and you talk to yourself about what you’re experiencing in the present.

Obviously, this is an internal conversation – if you had this conversation aloud they would probably put you into a ward! But that’s why it’s so dangerous – you often don’t even realize that you’re saying things to yourself. But you are. You’re saying things to you that will shape your desires, actions, and theology.

What are you saying to you about God and your circumstances, others? Do your words stimulate faith, hope, and courage? Or does your talk stimulate doubt, discouragement, and fear? Do you remind yourself that you have a destiny? That you can do all things through God’s grace? Take your thoughts, feelings and emotions captive to the truth and you can be on your way to a life change that brings freedom to be who you were created to be.

No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you as much as you talk to yourself. What will you say to you today?

Contributor: Paul Tripp/Adapted:BH

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