In my last post I talked about how I decided to quit writing for a night. Am I dramatic? Maybe a little. But if you doing anything creative, there has to be at least a little bit of Jenna Maroney in you.
I mentioned how my wife helped snap me out of it. When I hit my “What’s the point?” moment and decided to quit, I went to bed thinking I’d wake up with a sense of freedom. It was the opposite and I felt worse.
Every morning I start my day with a cup of coffee at my desk. When I sat down I saw Brittany had written me a note saying, Please don’t give up. It means something.
I went and told her thank you, and we talked about it all a bit more. She told me it was just a moment of doubt and it’d pass, and what I am doing is important. I spent some time reading the Bible and praying and realized I had believed a lie. She was right.
Lies aren’t always blatantly obvious. Sometimes they sound like good ideas. But when you hear God’s truth, you realize how stupid the lies are.
With the internet, it’s never been easier to hear criticism or to compare yourself to others, and it happens quickly. There are so many voices fighting for a chance to speak to us that sometimes you can’t help but absorb some lies.
Lies about where you should be by now. Lies about who you should be by now. Lies about what you’re worth.
We have to have people in our lives who share our dreams, who believe when we can’t believe, and who hold us in prayer. And people who know when to kick our butts with some truth.
The Bible talks about David and his mighty men. Not to be confused with the Merry Men . . . or the Mighty Ducks. These were men who didn’t leave David’s side. Brothers who were dedicated to the promise David had been given and willing to go to battle with him and fight for him. I’m willing to bet the King David we all know wouldn’t have been who he was if not for these mighty men.
Who are you surrounding yourself with? Do you feel uplifted after a weekend with your friends or drained and empty? Do you have voices you trust to speak truth into your life? Do you let them speak truth into your life?
Choose the voices you listen to wisely. And when they disagree with you, consider who is saying it, why they would be saying it, and what it even could be costing them.
I’m thankful I have people in my life who speak truth to me when I want to believe a lie. We’re in this thing together, Mighty Ducks.