How’s Your Self-Talk?

When John Roebling devised a plan to build a bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn, experts thought it was impossible. They said a bridge spanning that distance couldn’t withstand the winds and tides. But Roebling refused to concede defeat; instead, he and his son, Washington, worked to solve the problems. Then just as construction was about to start, Roebling was killed in an underwater accident that left his son brain-damaged and unable to walk or talk.

The prevailing wisdom was to abandon the project, but Washington Roebling was determined to fulfil his father’s dream. He developed a system of communication by touching a finger to his wife’s arm, and she in turn conveyed his ideas to the project engineers.

For thirteen years that’s how he supervised construction—and in 1883 the first car drove across the Brooklyn Bridge. The ‘impossible’ had become reality!

Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation in school, at home, in your church, with your finances, or in a relationship?

If so, what you tell yourself about it is important. Your self-talk sets you up for joy or misery. You can tell where your faith is by what comes out of your mouth: ‘Good people bring good things out of the good they stored in their hearts…’ (v 45 NCV).

One pastor says: ‘When the pressure’s on, what comes out of your mouth lets you know if you need to make some adjustments…When you want something to show up in your outward man, deposit God’s Word in the inward man. Feed on it continually…once you believe it, you’ll find yourself saying it, and once you start saying it, your entire being will reflect the treasure of His Word inside.’

‘…People speak the things that are in their hearts.’ Luke 6:45 NCV


Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 12:1-2, 28-29; Psalm 50:5, 15, 23
the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness & worldly passions & to live self-controlled, upright, & Godly lives in this present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God & Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness & to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works! let us also lay aside every weight, & sin which clings so closely, & let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder & perfecter of our faith! Let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence & awe gather to Me my faithful ones. Call upon Me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you. To the one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!

God is faithful! Seek Him today! Never delay!

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