I wonder about the person who wrote the nursery rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty.” What do you suppose was going on in his life that prompted him to write a riddle about a personified egg? An egg who fell down from sitting on a wall, broke into pieces, and couldn’t get himself back together again.
(Although nothing in the rhyme states that Humpty was an egg, I’ve never seen a picture of a stalk of broccoli sitting on the wall. The egg thing works for me.)
Then there’s Jack and Jill. They were simply walking up a hill to get a pail of water. But Jack fell down and banged up his head. Jill tumbled after him.
As a young girl, I didn’t notice that these jingles didn’t have happy endings. I’d hear the first lines of the rhymes and I would finish them without thinking about it. This hasn’t changed as I’ve become an older girl. These phrases are just a couple of the millions of tapes that cycle through the grey matter between my ears; familiar tapes I hear and recite with very little thought.
That brings me to another, “I wonder…?”
What other tapes or recitations move through my mind every day that I hear and process, but I don’t think about?
“I’ll never get it together.”
“I always mess up.”
“I’m so stupid.”
“It will never get better.”
I really believe that we listen to messages throughout the day that are not true. Phrases that do not bring out the best in us. Words that tear us down and take away our hope. And too often, we are the ones saying the words. We don’t even realize what we’re saying and listening to.
Think about this. God would never, ever, ever, ever say to us…
“You’ll never get it together. You’ll always mess up. You’re so stupid.”
He tells me I am an incredible work of art. (Ephesians 2:10)
I am greatly loved. (Romans 5:8)
I am his treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6)
I am the apple of his eye. (Psalm 17:8)
As Max Lucado writes in his book, Traveling Light, “…the maker of the stars would rather die for you than live without you. And that is a fact.”
So. If you’ve had a few days filled with too many absurd jingles that don’t speak the truth, join me in changing the tapes. OK?
Let’s create and listen to these tapes…
I am smart, talented, moving forward, and doing my best.
God is faithful.
God has good things for me.
God and I…we are creating my great life.