Our mind is a powerful thing. I don't think that we given it enough credit. I believe that it has the power to strengthen us or weaken us; it is all in how we use it. Take negative thoughts. If my self-talk or thoughts are frequently negative or derogatory about myself, I am going to start to believe it. If I keep telling myself that I'm not good enough to do something then my actions will reflect that belief. On the flip-side, if I tell myself that I am good enough, then I will believe it and through my actions I will show that I believe in myself. I'm not talking about puff myself up or thinking that I can do anything without regard for my strengths or weaknesses. I am talking about being honest with myself without judgement. If we could always be honest with ourselves without imposing judgement, we would not tell ourselves these lies, like not being worthy enough. If we were honest with ourselves, we would be less likely to get caught up in the downward emotional spirals, because most of those spirals are a result of our negative thoughts and feelings about ourselves. The mind has the ability to build us up or break us down. The thought that struck me this morning was that I wondered how different our lives would be if we could catch and stop ourselves every time we engage in negative thoughts and replace those thoughts with truthful, nonjudgemental thoughts instead. Then this verse from the Bible came to my mind, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) I have come to realize that so many of the things that I have been telling myself have been based in lies. And I have believed them! No wonder I have felt so chained up. I have been listening to and believing the negative self-talk. I have been in bondage to the lies that I have been telling myself. It is time to set myself free. I am going to strive to catch the lies in my mind and replace them with honest, non-judging thoughts. I am going to answer the lies with truth and in doing so, the truth will set me free.