“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
In the days of Adolf Hitler, many believed they were contributing to the greater purpose of rebuilding Germany. They believed. Today, we reframe their belief as propaganda and cruel insanity.
Our beliefs begin with our thoughts. Our thoughts graciously move us to feel. And then this combination causes us to move or behave.
Most of my life I have been hyper-vigilant. I actually thought it was a good thing. Safety first of course! Now, I realize it has a deep root in my belief system. Most of my life I have genuinely believed that my hyper-vigilance saves lives and keeps people safe.
If you look at my belief as the top of a table, consider the legs. The legs that support my belief come from experiences. Experiences, like being the one to alert me and my friend that a sketchy guy in his car could actually be trying to abduct us. Yeah, true story. Ten and eleven-year-old girls walking home from QT found themselves in a shower scrubbing off urine from an attempted abduction in suburbia by a serial killer. Not a typical childhood story, right?
Another leg is me, a seven-year-old girl, squeezing the hand of another girl under a mattress in a drug house, praying. At that moment, I believed my hyper-vigilance and ability to pray to God would be our shield. My abilities, my leadership, saves lives.
Lie. The truth is more freeing. The truth is God, in His mercy and grace, has provided multiple rescue missions on my behalf and some of those stories include me being alerted by Him.
When I consider this belief, I’m reminded of the three-year-old that walked the neighborhood with much older kids and decided she’d slide down a slide that went into a pool as one who couldn’t swim. The kids scattered. I, somehow, managed to find myself sweetly placed on the side of the pool dripping wet in my winter clothes.
Beliefs are everything. What you believe today determines what you will do tomorrow. Be careful with your thoughts. As you dwell, what feelings provoke you to action? Do you post meanness, do you protest, or do you feel responsible for all of those who do?
Beliefs. The core of us all. Let’s choose wisely what we feel with certainty.