You'll Play Against You


I'm afraid that sometimes you'll play lonely games too
Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.

~ Dr. Suess, Oh the Places You'll Go

     Sometimes we hit a wall of overwhelming loneliness. There's suddenly no one to listen, no one to share with, and no one to help. At least, it feels that way.

     As an ambivert (half-introvert, half-extrovert), I know that both introverts and extroverts feel this way sometimes. It's a scary, sinking feeling in the pits of even the bravest stomachs.

     Surrounded by people, yet alone, we fight through the awkwardness and go home exhausted.

     But maybe the problem is that we're fighting against ourselves. You may feel like you can't win, but that is because you're on both sides of the argument.

     The fact is this: We have both lies and truth battling within us.

     Don't try and believe both, or you'll just find yourself losing. Separate the lies from the truth; then begin to believe the truth with every fiber of your being.

     I'm not good enough.
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               I am covered by Christ's righteousness.

     I don't have anyone.
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               He will never leave me or forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

     I can't do this.
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               I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

     I'm a failure and an uninteresting person.
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               I have unlimited potential and unique gifts to use in this world.

     I'm not as _________ {pretty, smart, valuable, etc.} as her.
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               God calls me beautiful, and I can trust the way He made me.

     What lies are beating you down today? There is always a truth to combat it with. Speak the truth over yourself when a lie confronts you. If you stop playing against yourself, the loneliness will begin to melt away. The truth will fill you with good things.

     You are a truth-teller. You are an image-bearer. You are a masterpiece.

     Most importantly, you are not alone. I encourage you to find a woman a few years older or a few experiences ahead, who will encourage you in the truth. Maybe this is a friend's mom, a college student, a woman from church, a teacher. Having a guide or two on the path of truth is invaluable!

     If you can identify the people in your life who will cheer you on and help you battle the lies, you might just find yourself on your own team.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
~ Deuteronomy 31:6

~Madeline

14 comments:

  1. This is such an encouragement, Madeline <3

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    1. Thank you, Grace Anne. May the truth always win out!

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  2. Amen! This is so powerful and encouraging. Thank you! xx

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  3. This is lovely. :) It's true that we should stop beating ourselves up and realise the wonder that is who we are.

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    1. The truth can be so empowering, even more than the "love yourself" doctrine of the world. :)

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  4. This is power packed (and armed with the Word!), Madeline! Thank you. <3 I think we all needed this

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    1. His Word is truly powerful! I hope I continue to get to share it with the world for many years to come!

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  5. Ah, Madeline, this is so lovely!! Let us be Truth seekers above all things!

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  6. Wow! This is an awesome post! I totally needed to be reminded of this. :)

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  7. Thank you for this reminder to live by the truth!

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