The Scale Lies
By Tammye Hamilton
I changed the batteries on the bathroom scale this morning and now it says I weigh less than a hundred pounds. I fiddled with it, replaced the batteries again and still, 97 lbs.
Now I know that is not the truth. But the scale says that. It says something about me. It declares it in official, digital splendor. Blinking at me as I blink back.
This is an easy untruth to dispute. I know without a doubt it is not true. Unfortunately, as I go through my day, I face other untruths about me that I am less likely to refute. Most of them come from my own mind and heart. Others come from those around me.
These untruths can build to the point of creating serious self-doubt. If we let them, they will pile up like dirty laundry, leaving us with nothing to cover who we are, leaving us feeling exposed and vulnerable.
Just as I faced the numbers on the scale and knew they were untrue, I must face the false thoughts and words that tumble about in my head and declare that they are not the truth.
My confidence cannot be in what the scale, my thoughts or others say about me. I can only find the real truth in what my Heavenly Father says about me.
He says I am "holy and dearly loved". (Colossians 3:13)
He says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". (Philippians 4:13)
He says He is "for me. Who can be against me?" (Romans 8:31)
Every day we must clothe ourselves in the truth of His words and His love.
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17