Lessons on handling negativity

Published on Friday, 7 February 2014 23:45 - Written by By Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

Imagine there is a fence around your mind, complete with a working gate. You are the gatekeeper. You decide what goes in, and you decide what goes out.

This seems simple enough, but a lot of us have a hard time with it. I, for one, have a hard time letting the good things, like sincere compliments, in.

Some people leave their gate completely open, dependent up-on the whim of others’ opinions and emotions.

So how do we know what to take in and what to keep out? Luckily there are a few guidelines laid out for us by the One who is Truth itself.

One: You are loved.

Two: You are valuable.

Three: You needn’t be afraid.

And on and on it goes, a litany of truths that we can discern from God’s character and from His word.

When I get bogged down by negative messages, sometimes it helps me to recall this song: “The Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns.

“Oh what I would do to have

The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I’m in

Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone

To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is

And He’s holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me

Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed

The waves they keep on telling me

Time and time again. ‘Boy, you’ll never win!’

“You’ll never win”

But the voice of truth tells me a different story

And the voice of truth says “Do not be afraid!”

And the voice of truth says “This is for My glory”

Out of all the voices calling out to me

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what I would do to have

The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant

With just a Sling and a stone

Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors

Shaking in their armor

Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand

But the giant’s calling out my name and he laughs at me

Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed

The giant keeps on telling me

Time and time again “boy, you’ll never win!

“You’ll never win”

But the stone was just the right size

To put the giant on the ground

And the waves they don’t seem so high

From on top of them looking down

I will soar with the wings of eagles

When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus

Singing over me

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.”