While I’d love for y’all to think I wake every morning profoundly cheery and perfectly optimistic ~ the truth is, I am adapt to belittle myself sometime during the first hour of the day.
Might be because I didn’t get to the store yesterday and Sara has no deli meat for today’s sandwich. Or maybe because I woke up and took a mental inventory of yesterday’s missed opportunities.
Uh huh, it’s true. And if you’re anything like me … you wake up in the morning, remind your self what day it is, think about your list of things to do, summarize yesterday, and then somewhere between the bed and the coffee … you belittle.
belittle: 1. to speak slightingly of: disparage 2. to cause (a person or thing) to seem little or less
Or maybe if you’re really cranky and you find you have no coffee, you berate.
berate: criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings …
It’s in the morning, that the questions start floating up from the deep: Are my kids doing okay? Am I being the wife I need to be? Should I be doing more at church? Will I get it all done at work?
And the blah, blah, blah leads to belittling … and sometimes berating.
It’s then I know that I need to drop my questions like a hot pot. And run to God for truth ~ and protection.
A different translation says:
Do yourself a favor. Stop the belittling and berating. Instead, taste and see.
Grab this photo ~ make it your background ~ and remember to run to God for protection. Even if you find, you’re running from yourself. ;)