What are you speaking? Victim talk or overcomer talk?

Written by on April 4, 2013

Handicapped placardsMany are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. (Prov. 19:21, NIV)

BREAKTHROUGH!  After thirteen years of chronic pain, with debilitating cycles of fibromyalgia, I was pain-free! Friends and family prayed me out of the pit of muscle pain and sleeplessness for thirteen years. Then, in June 2011, it was gone. My schedule soon filled up with bird dogging and hikes by the river.Yay!

I was elated in February to be retiring the handicapped parking placard I’d been using for eight years. “Get out the scissors!” I told Tim.  We’re slicing this thing to pieces and it’s going out on Facebook.”

But even the best-laid plans get smashed. After the nasty car accident, hobbling about with a medical walker, wheelchair, and crutches, I needed to park close to the doors of buildings again. So we kept the placard. And when it expired a couple of weeks later, we needed to apply for a new one. Intense frustration. Where was that Facebook party?

When your path takes unpredictable twists and turns, do you engage in victim talk? Or overcomer talk?

Victim talk:  This rots. I should be much further along by now. Forget that dream. (Extra points for an Eeyore sigh.)

Overcomer talk:  Confusing though it seems, this situation is challenging me in a good way. God, how is this maturing me? How are You advancing me as a leader in this?

Victim talk:  I just hit a brick wall.  Munch, munch, yum, yum, asphalt! Bring me some ice cream to go with it. (Extra points for every quart of Haagen-Dazs consumed.)

Overcomer talk:  In this decidedly unfriendly collision with a brick wall, I lost it. How might this forehead-smacking moment direct me to God’s plan for what comes next? This may be backwards-and-upside-down, but thanks for the ‘no,’ Lord.

Victim talk:  Okay, who broke the GPS? We’re in the wrong part of town—isn’t that obvious? This is nutzoid. When are we going home? (Extra points for creative finger-tapping.)

Overcomer talk:  You’re always up to something, Lord. You fill me with Your love and acceptance. What can I release in the spirit realm by way of encouraging others in this season of divine encounters?

Friends, can you share an example of your own victim talk you’ve switched over to overcomer talk?

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  1. Nancey West   On   April 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    “You are so stupid!” That was my normal conversation with myself. Now, at the sound of those words I stop and ask myself, “Where does that come from?” I know it is part of the old recordings in my head, so I flip the 45 (showing my age!) and play God’s side. He says I am wonderfully made.

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