When you think about your worst enemy, who you do think about?
A betraying friend?
Someone who has abused you?
How many of you answered, ‘Me’?
I’m guessing not very many. But I’m also guessing that many of us act that way.
Let’s consider Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry. He was known for his pitching—not for his batting. So when he stepped into the batter’s box in 1963 he is reported to have said, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.”
Maybe he was being modest or realistic. But wasn’t he also being self-defeating?
Turns out he did hit his first and only home run… six years later! And get this. He did it a few hours after Neil Armstrong made history and walked on the moon!
I’m not saying your words will automatically turn into reality. You’re not God. But the things you say to yourself have a powerful impact on the kind of life you live.
So you need to remind yourself—daily—about who you actually are. You are a victorious child of God. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are the redeemed, the light, a champion. This is what Paul says in Romans 8:37: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (NIV)
Word has it that before Canadian swimming champion Mark Tewksbury won gold in the 100-metre backstroke in 1992 he visualized winning the race and being on the Gold Medal podium hundreds of times. He trained himself to think like a conqueror.
And that made it more natural for him to act like one.
Today, don’t be your own worst enemy. Stop putting yourself down when God is lifting you up.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Live like it.
By Matthew Ruttan
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