I’ve been racking my brains this morning trying to come up with some encouraging words to send to a friend who is struggling. When I’m down and discouraged I try to remind myself of truth, even when it doesn’t feel true. A phrase that often comes to mind is “You are loved with an everlasting love and underneath are the everlasting arms.” I couldn’t remember where this scripture was located, so I googled it. Which is our default method of finding out anything, right? Come to find out, Jeremiah 31:3 says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Hmm. Where are the everlasting arms? More googling. Aah. The echo in my head is Elisabeth Elliot’s tagline.
I woke up a couple times this week with a song from Sunday stuck in my head– Lead me to the Cross. Love it when that happens.
But, the truth is, the echo in my head can often be a downer. “Figures. Just my luck.” Really? What is my luck? What is the truth of the situation? That I am loved by God, but someone just pulled into the parking spot I was headed for?
So, how can we turn around the echo in our head? Part of it has to do with what we put in there in the first place. Part of it has to do with reciting truth, whether we feel it or not. Part of it has to do with habits and thought patterns. Repeatedly thinking the same negative thoughts doesn’t help. Consciously putting in “whatever is true, good and lovely” helps.
The truth is we can change that echo. God help us.