Devotional for Tuesday November 13th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Overcoming”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Now if we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we direct their whole bodies. And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things.” James 3:3-5 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Talk to yourself like a coach.”

 

In his excellent book, “Toughness Training for Life” James Lohr explains the importance of “self-talk” to our overall success in life. He describes the technique tennis great Jimmy Conners developed of talking to himself like a coach. In the middle of the toughest tennis matches Conners had a running dialogue with himself, often out loud, where he talked to himself, yelled at himself, described what he had done right and what he had done wrong, he prodded himself, coached himself, and urged himself on to his best performance. Picture high school basketball coach Will Foster running up and down courtside calling out to his players, shouting instructions, correcting them, motivating them to their best performance – that’s a picture of the self-talk of Jimmy Conners. He talked to himself like a coach and it was one of the keys to his great success as a tennis player.

 

The most important conversations you have are the ones you have with yourself. You form your self-image by the things you tell yourself about yourself. Your motivation, your hopes, your expectations, and your ultimate success or failure in any endeavor, depends very much on the things you say to yourself.

 

In James 3:3-5 the Apostle was describing the incredible power of the tongue. Words are powerful. The things we say can build people up or they can tear people down. They can encourage and motivate people to greatness, or they can discourage and hinder their success in life. That’s true about the words we speak to others, and it’s even truer of the words we speak to ourselves.

 

What you tell yourself about yourself determines what you believe to be true about yourself. That will then determine virtually everything else about you. Few things are more important to living a happy, healthy, and successful life than your self-image – and self-talk goes a long way towards forming your self-image. So learn to talk to yourself like a coach.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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