By Sarah Thompson, columnist
Enid News and Eagle
My daughter was getting picked on at school by another little girl, but she didn’t seem to be bothered by it in the least.
She had this to say: “If someone is putting me down, that means they are putting God down because God is the one who made me.”
What a great piece of wisdom. If each of us could have an attitude like that, we’d all have fewer problems.
Perhaps you are still dealing with things people said about you when you were just a child; like when you got a new haircut and someone made fun of it, or you wore the wrong kind of clothes, or the teacher who said you’d never amount to anything.
Maybe, it’s a critical boss, or a spouse, or someone you looked up to at church. If we are not careful, we can internalize what people say and make it a part of our core belief system.
Don’t let what people have said about you make you believe you are less. God has this to say about you in His word in Psalm 139:13-18:
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
“How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.”
It works the other way, too. There are times when I have gossiped about someone and judged him or her unfairly. When I do that, I am not only hurting them, I am hurting my Heavenly Father.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:29 — “Don’t use any foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
This week, ask God to help you choose uplifting and encouraging words, instead of speaking negatively about someone.
Ask Him to help you let go of the hurtful things people have said about you, and begin to believe what His word says.
Remember, if someone is putting you down, that means he or she is putting God down, because He made you!
Follow Sarah Thompson, who is a social worker in the Enid area, at mysemi-dysfunctionallife.blogspot.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.