Tired of Tired | Changing Your Thinking

I’m tired.  And I just realized I say it too much.

I realized it because my four year old keeps telling me he’s tired.  (I don’t really think he’s all that tired, especially at 10 am, ya know?)

I’ll ask him to do something and he’ll say, “I’m too tired”.

Uh huh.  Sometimes I feel my kids are like a mirror, or a recording device playing back to me what I’m saying.

He’s hearing me talk about it.  Cause, boy, you just ain’t that tired.

So, something’s gotta change.  And it starts with how I think, and what I say.

What are you limiting yourself to by how you’re thinking and speaking?  Are you like me thinking “Why am I always tired?”  We need to start thinking different.

Proverbs 18:21  NKJV
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

So I’m tired of not just being tired, I’m tired of saying I’m tired.  I’m tired of thinking I’m tired.  I’m tired of tired.

Even if I am tired, I’m going to try not to say it.  I don’t want my son to use the excuse “I am tired.” I don’t want my son to be limited by thinking he’s tired.

Last night I didn’t sleep much.  I was awake quite a bit.  So it is a bit natural that I could be tired.  But talking about it isn’t going to make me feel more not-tired.  I still had a very productive day, and hearing my boy saying he was “too tired” to bring a pair of pants to the laundry challenged me not to complain about my own exhaustion (I mean, come on he really can’t be that tired, he slept strait through, and I’m the one folding all the laundry, doing the dishes, changing the garbages).

I may have a right to complain… except I don’t.  I have no right to complain.  I am saved.  I am a Christian.  I have no right to complain.  I am to be thankful, to rejoice always, to be peaceful, to speak life.  The Lord doesn’t appreciate our grumbling and complaining (see Philippians 2:14).

1 Corinthians 15:21 NKJV
 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Romans 6:3,4 NKJV
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

So, I am choosing to control my tongue.

James 3:4,5 NKJV
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.  Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

But before I can really change how I speak, I have to change the way I think (Proverbs 23:7, Luke 6:45).

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I’m really challenged by Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book “Switch On Your Brain” (I posted a while ago about hearing her speak, and thanks to my friend Natasha I have started reading this book!).

No matter what your situation is, you have the power in your life to change things just by how you think.  Get your hands on this book, friend.

This post about me being super tired and complaining about how tired I am is just an example.  Think about it.  What have you complained about today?  Before you can really stop talking about it, you have to change the way you think about it.  Because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks right (again, Luke 6:45).

Wow, the Bible really has a lot to say on this topic.

One thing we have wanted to do is get out to prayer meetings.  I have thought for a long time that my kids are too busy/distracting to go to the prayer meetings.  But you know what?  I want my kids to grow up in prayer meetings.  I grew up there, and I don’t remember being perfect.  I remember playing a bit where my parents could see me, but I grew up in that atmosphere.  I want that for my kids.  So I have to start changing the way I’ve been thinking about that too.

How about you?  What do you need to change about the way you’ve been thinking?

Writer’s note:  I wrote this before going to a prayer meeting tonight.  Maybe next time Ben and I will have a chance to actually pray.  (I’m not complaining….lol)… picture a 2 year old running through the rows and a 4 year old spinning in circles in the isle and you’ll have it just about right.  10 points for trying!

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