Life's a series of choices, isn't it. We get to choose how to respond to what's happening to us. What to do with our emotions and thoughts. And how we invest our time, energy, and whatever resources we possess.
Consider some of the decisions you've made recently. Big ones, small ones, whatever. Were they prompted by confidence, love, and sanity? Or was fear calling the shots?
When a situation is on the table, do you make it your goal to honor Christ? Or does everybody else's opinion hold more weight?
Our natural bent seems to pull us back toward thinking that something catastrophic is always lurking 'round the corner, that the other shoe's just waiting to drop, that a black cloud hangs overhead with lightening bolts aimed straight toward us. If that's your story, then chances are your decisions are going to reflect your beliefs. Yes?
And if your decision making process is laced with fear or guided by what other people want/expect/demand, then those decisions are probably going to end up falling flat or going nowhere fast. And that simply makes the endless, vicious 'I am such a loser' cycle spin all the more, doesn't it.
So what would it look like to believe that God has a future and a plan for you, that He's not out to destroy you, but has your best interests in His loving heart? Can you envision yourself becoming courageous enough to drop being a people-pleaser and begin making choices that aim to honor the Lover of your soul? Decisions motivated by who He's created you to be ... much beloved and empowered by the mantle of His discernment, wisdom, and peace ...
* gratitude to reneeannsmith.com for use of Scripture image