Today's Readings: Psalms 43-45, 49, 84-85, 87
The older I get, the more I find myself talking to myself.
Just the other day, as I was planting and mulching my herb bed, I spoke out loud to myself, inviting a conversation as to where to plant, how far apart to plant, and how to spread the mulch.
I address myself in the second person, sometimes to scold (You're wrong!), often to chide (now stop that!), and sometimes to compliment (good job, Sistah!)
In one of today's Psalms, the psalmist has a conversation with her/his soul. "Why are you downcast, O my soul?" What's your problem? Why are you feeling depressed? Snap out of it? "Put your hope in God." Quit looking at the circumstances and trust God to work this together for your good.
We talk to ourselves often in various ways. You can nose into these private conversations by reading people refrigerators and walls. You can hear people's "self talk" by checking out their bumper stickers and silently listening to them while they are going about a task.
I've done this. Though the wall and refrigerators usually speak volumes of philosophy, the most common self talking out loud tends to be in two categories: talking things out to work things out, or to say something derogatory, like "You dummy!" or "That was stupid."
I wonder if we can change our self talk from condemnation to phrases of hope.
What message does your soul need to hear from you today?