“…Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion…, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, allowing the devil to discourage, dissuade, accuse, and remind us of past failures.
This hit me like a ton of bricks last week as I sat in front of the doctor telling me I needed to make some adjustments in both my lifestyle and my diet. Just because I have a love for a best-selling soft drink and just because I had at least one (all right it was more than one) each and every day.
The doctor was only trying to help me, but in my mind all I heard from the enemy was I am a failure and will never be able to taste another drop. This was only one of the devil’s lies I heard that day.
As far as the lifestyle changes go, it is about time I realize I am unable to handle every one’s problems especially when it isn’t my responsibility. I am physically unable to take care of my flower garden and yard, as well as certain things around the house. I can’t volunteer to do things I once loved doing so therefore I must be a failure.
Every so often I need reminding that I am not like everyone else. Furthermore, my loved ones care and love me just as I am. I am the one who makes all the fuss and puts the extra pressure on myself.
I have such a desire to make things easier on my family and then criticize myself when it doesn’t happen.
I heard a story about a counselor who showed his class a half-full glass of water. Immediately I thought about the analogy of looking at it as a glass half-full instead of half-empty. I was wrong.
He told the class it was easy to hold it up for a minute, but would become difficult and start to make his arm ache if he held it up for an hour. If he held it up a longer period of time the muscles in his arm would cramp and ache until he felt great and lasting pain.
I mentioned some of the things I hold on to and when I think about it I realize what the doctor was trying to tell me. We can’t take care of others unless we take care of ourselves first. It is like a stewardess on a plane telling mothers if the plane loses cabin pressure to put on your oxygen mask first and then attend to your child.
Every time Satan starts whispering all the negative things in our ear, we need to turn it around to good.
In Philippians 4:8 Paul writes, “ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”.
It is impossible to think a negative thought when you are focusing on the positive. It also makes us feel better physically.
God made each one of us different and we shouldn’t put pressure on ourselves to be the person we aren’t. Even identical twins have some differences.
God made us special and every time we start downgrading ourselves may we remember the words in Psalm 139:14, “ I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well”.
Debra Whittington is a longtime resident of Tucumcari. Contact her at: