Three Steps To Stop Settling
Let me ask you a question.
When is the last time you spent some time out in nature?
This question isn't what today's message is explicitly about, but I want you to answer that question for yourself anyway, because today's message has to do with mental health.
How do you protect your peace?
I believe nature is the natural sanctuary God has prescribed for our souls, and I've personally found the outdoors to be a place where I can appreciate life and find peace for myself.
Are you protecting your peace?
So many of us go through depression and anxiety and all sorts of other mental health issues. So many of us are in real pain, and so many of us are in situations that continue to hurt us. I know I'm asking a lot of questions today, but I need to ask you another one: Are you better at protecting other people's feelings, or are you truly prioritizing your own health?
There are so many people we give all of our energy to for the wrong reasons. There are so many situations and opportunities we deserve better than. There are things in all of your lives that you are settling for. That's the sad truth, and it breaks my heart every day to see people get less than what they deserve.
There comes a point when you've got to step on some toes. There comes a time where you've got to be real with people to be real with yourself, and there comes a time that you've got to preach truths that hurt to protect your sanity. Too many of us ignore our own health and continue to suffer inside just because we're afraid of how someone in our life will react to the truth. We're afraid to have real conversations with people because we think we need their acceptance more than we need to be honest with ourselves.
I'm here to tell you to start putting yourself first.
You don't need everybody in your life—you need to pour that energy into yourself, instead. I'm going to stop using vague terms, and give everyone reading this some real advice.
The first thing I'm going to tell you is to speak your truth. Stop being afraid of people's reactions. Start being afraid of what will happen if you're never honest with yourself or the people around you. Yes, the truth sometimes hurts. However, lies hurt more in the long run, so stop lying to yourself!
The second piece of advice I have is to stop letting people walk all over you. In life, we teach others how to treat us. I want you to do some self-examination right now. Is everyone in your life treating you how you deserve to be treated, or are you letting people use you? It's time to get what you deserve.
The third and final thing I'll tell you is to stop tolerating less than you're worth. A lot of us have let failures, negative circumstances, and the harsh opinions of others define who we are and how we think of ourselves. I want you to remember how much you're worth, and then I want you to demand what you're worth from your life.
It all starts with you.