Todays verse: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 The Message (MSG)
“You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.”
Who are you?
There is an activity that we do in some of our workshops, that is uplifting and validating. We call it creating a mantra. It can take a few minutes or a long time to create and fine tune. It is a way of looking inward and calling out who you really are. I invite you to create a personal mantra today.
There are times when we don’t feel valued, or our feelings have been hurt, or we are just plain worn out. Our inner voices can tell us that we are not good enough or that we are broken. Sometimes those around us say or do things that are hurtful and mean and we absorb the negativity. That is when a personal mantra comes in handy.
This is how to create a mantra.
Get a piece of paper and a few minutes alone.
Open in prayer, inviting God to join you in this activity and asking the Spirit to guide you and the Love of Christ to fill your heart.
Write down all the words that come to mind that you would use to describe yourself. (keep it simple, true and positive) What are your gifts and special traits?
Write down all of the words that people have used to describe you. You are so….. kind, helpful, hardworking, etc. If you can’t think of any ask friends and family to share their insights and only hold close what you know to be true. You might be surprised to hear how amazing you are!
Write down truths that are important to you…. I am loved, I have value, my heart is Christ centered, etc.
Now look over everything that you have written, circle the phrases that stand out and shine for you. Really look deep into what the words meanings and how they make you feel.
Lastly create your mantra. Start with the words I AM and string together the words that you have just selected. Move the words around until they are easy to say and remember. Give thanks to God for this statement of who he created and memorize it. Own it.
When you are hurt, tired, or struggling, pull out your mantra and repeat it to yourself. Committing its truths in your mind and heart. You will be amazed at how you will feel.
My mantra is:
I am a beloved child of God.
I love and I am loved.
I am a leader.
I am intelligent, hardworking, caring and giving.
Who are you? I would love to hear your answer.