Just before putting his foot in his mouth, Fred Flintstone tells himself “Think big and be big, think big and be big, think big and be big.” Although the episode ends in him feeling pretty small, it’s because his “think big” attitude is based in pride and pretension.
I love the quote, however, because when used in a healthy way, it can promote confidence and positive mental health.
In 2007, I began writing affirmation cards for myself. They include 3-4 positive, encouraging and self-affirming sentences. Over the years, as my faith in God has increased and the realization that all the powers I hold within are from Him, I have revised them extensively to incorporate scriptures and Biblical principals in them. I call them my “Think Big” cards.
These cards were inspired by the Lord, as I would do my devotions in the morning. I’ve never tried to write one. In the beginning, I wrote them for the sole purpose of motivating myself. But after seeing both Grandma and my sister, Sarah struggling with depression, I started lending them out. I even typed a few samples and put them on “to-go” rings for their keys. I believe these revelations could be helpful to anyone but could especially benefit people of faith who struggle with low self-esteem, or mental illness, or have problems with life direction.
Over the years, as I’ve struggled for freedom, I believe (at least I hope) that I’ve grown in the Lord. I’ve written 3 rounds of the cards over time. I guess you could equate the messages with strategies to manage money.
1. “Think Big” cards focus on getting out of emotional debt. Sometimes, especially with mood disorders in particular, it feels like you’re drowning. These affirmation + scripture combinations focus on adjusting your life view and actually seeing the positive aspects of your life.
2. “Think Bigger” cards focus on managing day-to-day life and increase capacity to take care of yourself while incorporating God as the number one priority.
3. “Think Biggest” cards focus on building emotional wealth. They are about going a step beyond yourself and reaching out to others to bring God glory.
I know I’m not the only one who could benefit from this. It needs to be shared. One day these cards will be published and they will be a life-changing blessing to someone who is in emotional need. My hope is that they will bless many people. I can see them in print and on peoples’ key chains. I can see them as a phone app that people read and reread 3-5 times a day. I can see them meaning something to someone. Not just me. I am not alone. This. This
could would should will happen. Amen?
Double Talk Quote: “That cat roared at me.” – my 5-year-old, bilingual niece, Hope
Verse: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Word that has Lost its meaning: pride and pretension (hopefully)
Relatable Episode: summery here: http://www.tv.com/shows/the-flintstones/the-masquerade-ball-59978/
(March 10, 2015 – twins 8 months)