Cultivating a Life Without Judgment: Day 2

Reading guide banner WEEK 4

     Day 2: Judging Yourself

Take just a moment to look back to the first week of this study. What is one thing that discourages or distracts you from growing in emotional and spiritual health? It’s possible your answer to that question has changed over the past few weeks. It’s also possible that your answer to that question — is you. In other words, it’s possible that you have such a low opinion of yourself, that you’re not even sure you can grow. 

Recent surveys have indicated that one of the most common things that prevents people from experiencing emotional and spiritual growth is Negative Self-Talk. And while women are generally more open to admitting they struggle with negative self-talk, men struggle with it just as much. 

I’m such an idiot. I can’t believe I forgot to put the garage door down after I got home. 

I can’t believe I forgot about that meeting today. I’m such a loser.

12,000 miles since the last oil change? Wow, I’m a moron. 

I knew we were out of groceries and I still didn’t go shopping, because I’m lazy.

As you read today, consider this: How often do you have negative self-talk? Has anything good ever come from it? 

READING:

     Ephesians 5:29; Galatians 2:20; Psalm 139:14; Jeremiah 29:11

How often do you have negative self-talk? Has anything good ever come from it? 

Case Study: You miss an important deadline because you’re overslept after being out too late the night before. How would you respond:

  • “I’m such an idiot!”
  • “That was a foolish thing to do. And here are some steps I will take so that I don’t make that mistake again later in life.”

God is inviting you to change the way you see yourself. How will you think differently about yourself this week?

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I confess there are days when I think negative thoughts about myself. Continue to lead and guide me this week to see myself in the same way that You see me. Remove from me everything that may distract or discourage me to grow – Fear, Hurt, Worry, Judgment, Envy & Shame – so that I may continue to grow into the person You have created me to be. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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