What self-talk to you participate in? Is it destructive or encouraging? We all participate in self-talk—you know, those thoughts you think in your mind when you look in the mirror or see another friend get an award you felt you deserved. Let’s face it, our self-talk can be helpful or—hurtful.
There was a young girl who loved dancing and swimming and was healthy until she contracted two rare immune diseases. Doctors didn’t give her much hope at age 11, and even told her family she was in a paralyzed vegetative state, and suggested they take her home to live out her limited days.
Interesting thing about her situation was during the next 4 years she was mentally alert and able to hear and understand everything going on around yet, yet unable to speak to her family. It was like she was locked inside. She spent those 4 years working on positive thoughts, strengthening her mind, praying, and visualizing what her life would be like when she was healthy again.
Despite still being completely paralyzed and suffering from seizures, sometimes 20 a day, she continued working on staying positive. Four years later, her doctors found a medication that they hoped would help. It did. She began to regain feeling in her upper body but she didn’t quit. She learned to walk again, won a gold medal in the 2012 Paralympic games, and went on to accomplish many other things.
I’m sure she would stand by the truth of Proverbs 16:24 NLT, “kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body,” as well as Ephesians 5:19, KJV, “speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns…making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
If this young lady could change her entire life from the inside out, so can you. Change your self-talk and speak what God says about you. It’ll definitely change your life.