The Inner Critic

Submitted by Evermore on Fri, 07/24/2020 - 9:06am

A day that had all the potential to be good, ended up feeling bad. A week that should’ve been relaxing and fun, ended up exhausting and anxious. What turns those perfectly good circumstances into a not-so-great time?

I believe we all have within us a voice that points out the negative. Even within the most optimistic person. A voice that no matter how much you accomplish, it points out the one thing you forgot. The voice that tells you it could’ve better had only you been better. The voice that says it doesn’t matter how many people like you, there will always be one who doesn’t. That despite all the people who admire your accomplishments, some will be disappointed. I call that voice my “inner critic”.

Throughout different seasons of my life the inner critic has become louder than usual. Those are typically the seasons that I’m pushing God away. The seasons when I think I have it all together and I can do it on my own. The voice of the Lord gets turned down, and the inner critic gets turned up.

I’m going to be vulnerable with you- the past few weeks my inner critic has been loud, too loud. I felt confident in how my life was going, the accomplishments I had made, the people around me looking up to me. I got too focused on me, and forgot about God. I wasn’t hearing from Him because I never stopped to listen. So, as my mind grew quiet, the inner critic came to fill me with all the negatives.

Maybe as you’ve read up to this point you’ve been able to relate. Whether you’re in that season currently or are remembering a time from the past- we all have an inner critic. The thing we neglect to realize, it that we hold we remote control. We decide whose voice is louder and who gets put on mute. Ouch. That one stings a little doesn’t it?

When a day that should’ve been good leaves me feeling anxious and worn- do I ask God what happened or do I sit and analyze my every move wondering where I went wrong? When a week passes as if I was in a daze, feeling drained- do I spend time in the quiet, talking with God, listening for God OR do I continue moving on to the next thing that will ultimately leave me drained?

Whether your inner critic is loud for a day or loud for a month, it affects you. Take hold of the remote. Put that inner critic on mute. Find a quiet moment, and turn up the volume of your Father’s voice. You might just make a bad day good.

Isaiah 55:2-3 -- Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Ephesians 6:12 -- For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

John 16:33 -- I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have troubles. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

-Katie Schrock