Church was super yesterday. I did however, find myself saying several very controversial things… and no matter how much I tried to normalize my verbiage, everything just kept flowing out raw. I was more nervous about offending people yesterday than I normally am. Bizarre. Everyone said the service was epic and I hope it was for every person. Sometimes, things just don’t come out the way I prefer for them to come out. Does anyone else have this problem?
I was spending some quality time with my dear friend Kent Henry a few years ago. As mentioned in a recent blog: Kent Henry has been known as an apostle of worship music for a few decades. He’s transcended a few generations… still making a tremendous impact worldwide, especially through the school he founded a few years back: Revolution School in St. Louis, Missouri.
Out of nowhere, Kent leans over, turns down the radio, looks over at me, and says, “Do you ever get tired of hearing yourself talk?” I was like, “YES, how did you know that!”
Kent continued by explaining how this is a gigantic hindering factor for so many people with great potential. Because we have to live with ourselves all day, every day… we often get tired of hearing our own voices. We get burnt out being us!
And since we know our personal flaws so well, we often become our own worse critics! Don’t get me wrong… it’s good to desire and ASPIRE after personal IMPROVEMENT. What I’m alluding to here-is, that self destructive kind of self-loathing we sometimes fall into!
Kent explained how vital it was (and still is today) for me to overcome this… because there is a message in my heart this world needs to hear! He explained how desperate the world is to hear my voice… how much they NEED ME to LIKE ME so that I will KEEP ON SPEAKING!
Are you bored with yourself… too hard on yourself… always condemning yourself, over critiquing yourself… no longer able to applaud your greatness?
I believe this is what happened to me yesterday morning! While I was giving my message, my subconscious mind was saying some very mean things to me, about myself! lol Here’s a short clip of what I HEARD while I TALKED: “Come on Chuck, nobody really wants to hear this… some of these people have been listening to you for upwards of 7 years… look at them, they are so bored with your voice… and besides, listen to how unprofessional you’re sounding right now… everything you’re saying this morning could be said so much more eloquently… you really should find something different to do with your life!”
Come on, be honest with me today friends… does this ever happen to you guys?
If so… today is the day to SHUT IT DOWN! No more NEGATIVE self-talk for any of us! Stop it RIGHT NOW! We need to PRAY over our subconscious minds… and invest whatever time is necessary for reprograming the way we THINK about ourselves! This blog will help in a pretty big way. Just recognizing this devious little CULPRIT takes away its ability to keep on sneak attacking us!
The Bible says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for PULLING DOWN strongholds, CASTING DOWN arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY to the obedience of Christ.”
In other words, we should not allow ROGUE THOUGHTS to run around in our minds-sabotaging our emotional and spiritual state of being! We have to POLICE our minds! We have to ARREST all our stinking thinking… and force ALL ROGUE THOUGHTS into obedience to Christ!
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
Read these verses TEN times before you go to bed tonight… read them OUT LOUD and with ENTHUSIASM… knock out all that negative self talk… overcome the overwhelming temptation to TURN DOWN THE VOLUME OF YOUR GREATNESS.
We need YOU to LIKE YOU… we need YOU to RAISE THAT BEAUTIFUL VOICE and GIVE US WHATEVER YOU HAVE to make our world a better place!
We’re not demanding your perfection. You don’t need to be perfect. We are CHEERING FOR YOU… so take a deep breath and give us your BEST! And when Gods GRACE connects with your BEST… your best will ALWAYS be absolutely PERFECT… and you will always be EVERYTHING you ought to be!
I hope todays blog adds tremendous value to your AMAZING LIFE! I’m praying for you and thanking God for you! Please leave your comments and have a most triumphant day!