It’s All In The Meaning

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19 NIV



My friend and I had a good laugh the other day.


The topic? How our brain is constantly holding conversations with itself.


For me, it’s a committee meeting going on in there, ALWAYS!    A committee of one, but a very vocal, one!



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My brain meetings aren’t simple. I use Powerpoints, Spreadsheets, Piecharts–you name it–the sessions take on a life of their own. Trust me, you don’t want to be in this boardroom, it’s exhausting!


Don’t worry, I’m not splitting into a hundred personalities (at least for now) but when a topic comes up, a self-voice meeting is instantly called.


And those self-voices really get going when there are insults to hurl. Not at others—but at myself. That’s where the committee gets the loudest.


Anyone else have similar meetings? (Oh please, please I hope so.)


I know my one friend does. Hers spilled out, revealing a litany of self-loathing. And we compared notes–easily!


The topic was formed. We spoke of our  committees taking over with the agenda always being: Degrading Yourself 101.


And as I drove home, God placed one simple word in the mush of my brain.




Now let me ask you, which way did you just say that word to yourself?


Was it pronounced with an on or with a un in the first syllable?


Was it pronounced defining information,

…or was it pronounced defining satisfaction?


One word. One gathering of letters, perceived differently, dramatically changes the meaning.


Isn’t that how it goes with the voices in our heads?


It’s all about how the perception happens; which way the meaning will be taken. Do we fill ourselves with empty content, or with words of contentment?


May I say I’m there with some of you, those being honest at least, whom at times move into the hurling of loathing barbs when your personal nemesis rears its ugly head?

Like when my jeans from last year don’t want to button up:

“I’m such a fatty. I’m such a quitter. I’m worthless, I can’t even lose weight!”

When I’m not on my game:

“Geez, you’re really bad. If you had it together you’d be a much better person.”

When things go wrong:

“My life stinks. Nothing good happens to me.”

The list goes on.

The committee spends hours making those statements to be true.  Content.


But God tells us to change that content.


His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:7 NIV


What if every morning we awake asking, “Jesus send me your Peace.”

What if when the committee starts, we say, “Jesus, I’m yours. I will live in You, period.”


If He is the content, then we’ll be content.


We can move from Degrading Yourself 101, to graduates of Defending Yourself 101.


The voices change from “What a slob” to “Ok, I need to start another diet.”

The voices change from “I can’t do anything” to “I’ll learn something new.”

The voices change from “All is miserable” to “I’ll take it one minute at a time.”

The voices change from “I’m a loser” to “I am His daughter.”


Voices are good.

God gave them to us.

They keep us in check.

They’re the reminders that sometimes say; “eat more salads, less waffle cones”—nothing wrong with that.


I’m the first to admit it’s not going to be easy. I’ll be the first to admit I’ll backslide. But I know something absolutely true:

Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV


What if we plastered that in our brains?


Then one word would be the focus—content.


Which way will you use it?


Will God be your source for either definition?


Will He be your satisfaction?


The committee of self-voices will be there forever; this we know.  But we must see one important word used does in fact matter.  It’s all in the meaning.


I’ve come to realize–

Loathing is from Lucifer…Lifting is from our Lord.


That’s all the agenda we need to know.




4 Replies

  1. Kevyn

    Great job Renae! You nailed it. Thank you for the hope. The committee has adjourned, at least for now!

    Love ya-


    1. Ditto back to you Kevyn!!

  2. Shirl

    Wow, this is really awesome… what a great lesson to wake up to today… I do this far too often and need to stop! I love the thought of waking up and before my feet hit the floor asking Jesus to send me peace… thank you so much for speaking to us today on such an important topic… now that it has a name, Defending Yourself 101, I’m going to throw out all my books from Degrading Yourself 101!! Love this, really!! Thank you!

    1. Oh Shirl, thank you so much for the comments and feedback. I am glad the message spoke to you today. I think in some way, we all struggle with this–continually. But God has given us a brain and His Word to replace those ugly words with Truth. I am asking for peace every morning now. Thank you for stopping by, commenting, and sharing. We very much appreciate it. Thank YOU!

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