It is spring and most people want to clear out the clutter they accumulated throughout the winter or they just want to get rid of stuff they’ve had for years.  I’ve participated in many cleanups in my life. One year I remember sitting some furniture outside on the curb and the next day it was gone. Yes, somebody backed a truck up during the night, or at early light, and loaded up our discarded furniture, and drove away. Some people call this trash shopping experience, “Dumpster Diving.” In other words what I saw as trash another person saw as treasure. They believed that what I discarded still had value and could benefit them.

Truthfully, it’s hard to relish or appreciate your value when you’re constantly talking trash or speaking negative, pessimistic words to yourself. But just like the Dumpster Divers God understands our value. Psalms 139:13-14 “13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Let’s look at two words, fearfully and wonderfully mentioned in verse 14. Fearfully is translated from a word that means “to reverence, dread, or revere”.  Your creation as a person was done with reverence. God reveres and respects all human beings who come into the world. Wonderfully is translated from a word that means “different, separate, and marvelous.” In other words you are a unique, separate, and marvelous person. Whether born as a single person, twin, triplet, or otherwise you’re a special, one of a kind, individual.
You were created and birthed as a special being and you were redeemed by Jesus/Yeshua because to Jehovah/God you were of great value.  A price, a sacrifice, was offered for our lives because the creator deemed us as worthy, worthwhile, and having great value. Sin, evil, and bad personal choices didn’t stop God/Jehovah from saving a dying world. He reached into the muck and mire of discarded humanity and picked us up. Why, did God save us from ourselves, because He loves us? (John 3:16)

You have purpose. Despite the good or bad circumstances of your birth you were meant to be here and you are valuable. It doesn’t matter how many egregious errors or mistakes you’ve made you are valuable. There is no personal struggle that disqualifies you from having value and being loved by the creator.  God’s desire is for you to live a fruitful and productive life exercising all the talents, skills, gifts, and abilities He equipped you with. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” AMP. No matter how long or short your life is the creator wants you to live a good life.

Consider these seven steps to end trash-talking: 1) Embrace the Love of God, the creator 2) Love Yourself 3) Accept the best and worst of yourself 4) Change what needs to be changed about yourself 5) Meditate on the positives (i.e. bible verses that empower you, personal reflections of good things, etc.) 6) Imagine the change you want daily 7) Speak the person you want to be and the life you want to live.

Thinking, imagining, feeling, and speaking, determine what you do and who you are. Change what you think, imagine, feel, and speak, and you’ll change your life. Refuse to let people talk trash to you about you and stop your internal trash-talking. You’re not a GARBAGE CAN, you’re a revered, marvelous creation, and it’s time you started living like it! #masteryourself

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