Managing to push past the daily, sometimes monotonous, routine to get myself to write about personal affirmation was more challenging than understanding the concept itself. There is an infestation of self-help, motivational guru, meditation-is-the-answer, ideals that feed into the cry for help bursting out of us. Trying to achieve your goals? Positive thinking in the goal. Not feeling worthy? Stand in front of the mirror and repeat after me “I am valued”. Bad breakup? Wipe the tears and yell “I take care of myself”. Then and only your aura will be so bright that you will be like a god. Now that you're a god, you have the power in your hands to stop the pain, to forgive yourself, to be loved, to feel worthy, to finally find true joy. Tears are not necessary when you can find the power within yourself to affirm that you got it all together. Man, I could even bet your mood ring is always blue with all the optimistic atmosphere around you. Good for you.
Now let me share with you why I don’t agree with this. I’ve been through it all. Thinking that breathing patterns would release the bad energy inside. Running to myself when the world was literally falling apart around me. Fooling my mind into believing that all I needed was myself. I was Sisyphus, constantly rolling a boulder up a hill with my self-deceitfulness to watch it roll back down over and over again when I realized I was not strong enough. It was then, in between declarations of my weakness and recognition of His sufficient grace [2 Corinthians 12:9-11] that God’s power became evident and in a domino effect, gave me a power that I can not function without. The difference between personal affirmation and Christ’s affirmation is the acknowledgment and reverence towards Elohim (Elohay); the source of power and strength. There is no life away from Him and no strength unless He is by our side, fighting for us, restoring the broken, strengthening the weak. Paul writes to Timothy, in the Second Epistle, reminding him to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1) and to join him in suffering (2 Timothy 2:3) as a soldier of Christ as he goes on to speak about more suffering, chains and grace. The point of it all is to give Glory back to God, for His word to be known, for the world to know hope. It struck me hard when he says in verse 9 that he is “suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal” BUT God’s word is not chained. Here we are looking for answers within ourselves, and there He was, chained, humiliated and suffering for the sake of the gospel, for the sake of the elect obtaining salvation in Christ Jesus.
This might sound distasteful or not at all the motivational post you were looking for but stop being so self-centered. This is not about YOU, what you can do to be stronger or how to live life a little more comfortable than your neighbor. It’s all about Christ; His Glory. You don’t have the strength to do it on your own Darlin but He is not expecting you to. To be weak by Him means to be empowered by Him, to endure means to reign with Him, to die with Him means to live with Him. My identity is found in His design, my worth in His love, my value in His sacrifice, my life in His resurrection. So my dear, I might not know much about anything but one thing is for sure; my strength is merely a reflection of His power.
With a open heart,