The Invisible You


Thursday, January 11, 2018


It is said that we all have a little bit of crazy inside of us. I call it the “invisible you”, that “crazy” person inside of you that thinks about the things you shouldn’t be thinking about or says things in his/her inner voice that shouldn’t be said. The internal battle with the “crazy you” is the one that no one is supposed to see or know about… But it is that “invisible you” that every once in a while affects who you are and your decisions, even when you have told yourself he/she cannot be visible, altering how you act, sometimes bringing back that old person, or the person you swore you never wanted to become. 

You might be thinking I’m talking about a split personality or even cheap psychology, but really my goal with this blog is to spark an ongoing conversation between us and God about our thought life; to speak to God about those things you never want to speak to Him about, because sometimes we are so afraid to speak out, even with God about our darkest thoughts and secrets.

I’m talking about the feelings no one wants to talk about, like:

Loneliness: Why do you feel the need to be around people at all times? Who are you when no one is around?

Rejection: Why do we need their acceptance?

Lust: Who are you thinking about all the time? Why are you thinking like that about that person? Hey! If you are married, what is really going on?

Envy: Why are you comparing yourself to him/her, when you already know that comparing only tricks us to think we are better or less than someone else?

Hopelessness: Why can’t you be positive and truly believe the best is yet to come?

Lost: Why do you feel without direction right now? Whose advice are you following?

Anxiety: Do you really need to always be doing something? Are you robbing your soul of rest?

Embarrassment: Why do you care so much about what people might think of you?

My goal is to challenge you today to realize that these feelings actually are tied to what we are feeding our minds; that our feelings are reactions of an emotional state or expression of what we have in our minds.

I guess this is why this needs to be an ongoing conversation between God and our most inner being, “the invisible you”. I truly believe that at one point in our lives we will experience some of these feelings and we need to be prepared to talk to God about them and identify the indicators that will prompt us to do so. If He really is our best friend, Father, and Counselor, then He should be the one we run to when the enemy and/or flesh tries to fill our mind with thoughts that lead us to feel a certain way.

We cannot be indifferent to these feelings and believe they will go away. If we do not confront or bring them to His truth and grace where there is no condemnation, we might never be able to live in the freedom He destined for us, nor ever receive that necessary transformation to become more like Him.

Which brings me to some questions we should ask ourselves: Are we ready to make some changes? Or are we okay with conforming to who we have become? Are we okay with living a double life?

This verse challenges all these feelings every time I find myself enslaved to these thoughts, ill reflexes, or wrong desires:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” - Romans 12:2 NIV

God wants us to have an abundant, good, and pleasing life, but with it comes the cost of letting Him transform us by renewing our minds and what we are constantly thinking about!

Let’s reach out to God and the people He has put around us to be transparent and expose our weaknesses so that they may become strengths through His power in us. Let’s cultivate healthy friendships that will hold us accountable to having a healthy mind. Let’s have real conversations with God instead of all the superficial things we think we want and/or need everytime we talk to Him. There are no taboos for God. He is not afraid to hear you express yourself and those weird thoughts from the invisible you…

I think this is why God called David a man after His own heart; David was not afraid of what God was going to think of him as he spoke with Him and poured out his heart and mind in His presence.

Trust me when we put off difficult conversations, we hurt people and relationships. When we avoid evaluating ourselves we hurt our future and His will for the life we are to have in Him!

I guess what I am trying to say is that we need to connect with God today in a real way, as we pour out our hearts our minds will follow.

Let’s stop letting our feelings dictate how we react to our loved ones, co-workers, and everyone around us… We ought to force ourselves to walk in the way of His love, repeatedly letting Him renew our minds through His presence, His Holy Spirit.

We are living on borrowed time and thinking the “invisible you” can never be fixed is a lie.

When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection. - AW Tozer

The time to start renewing your mind starts right now, don’t put it off anymore… Let’s ask God to fill our hearts and minds with His feelings, to replace our self-destructing emotions, so that we may truly reflect His heart wherever we go.

And if by any chance you are still reading, I want to leave you with this quote from one of my favorite songs… LOL!

“I’m in repair. I’m not together but I’m getting there.” - In Repair by John Mayer

 

Author:

Gera R.


 

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