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Sometimes the Best Answer is a Four Letter Word – by Brenda Yoder

I spent three years in grad school learning multiple theories on personality, development, and how do conduct talk therapy. Thousands of hours from work experience has taught me sometimes the best answer for life's problems is a four-letter word .
Bob Newhart puts it humorously in his Mad TV episode:
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Stop. It.

In case you think I'm a heartless counselor, I should preface that my comments are personal lessons I've learned also as a teacher, parent, and recovered bulimic/anorexic.  There are some situations where the best answer in  changing behavior it to simply STOP.  The other word for it is one that's missing from today's vernacular: self-control.
Are there areas in your life that need self-control?  Are there areas where the first step in change lies in "stopping the behavior," even just once?
I know of which I speak. There have been more areas than just eating that have been out of balance in my life. As God has worked through each one, from distorted thinking to anger and others, there comes a point where you have to ask yourself,
"If I want to get over this, what behavior do I need to stop?"
Then you need to take the first step and stop the behavior.
It's as difficult and simple as that.
For years I binged and purged.
For years I responded in anger.
For years I believed the self-loathing lies that lived in my head.
For years I allowed other people's approval to define me.
For each of these, I needed to stop {it}.
I needed to stop eating past the point I knew I was "too much."
I needed to stop fighting, to have the last word, to hold onto my rights.
I needed to stop looking at my insecurities and weaknesses. 
I needed to stop living in fear of what others thought of me.
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There's a rock on a shelf in our house that is from the walk I was on in when I decided I had to stop fighting with my husband in order for our marriage to be at peace.
There's a verse in the bible, I Corinthians 10:13, that I had to believe God meant when I needed to withstand temptation to purge every time I ate.
There's a shelf in my basement full of books I used to teach with that I had to retire when I left a demanding profession because my child needed a stress-free mom to help them through their own struggles.
There's a note in my cupboard from someone who believed in me and who saw things about myself I couldn't see.






There's a moment for each of us where God draws the line in the sand and says, "What will you do? Continue in your behavior or change what only you can change?
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There's a moment for each of us where we become aware of what is right and wrong in a situation. The line drawn is different for each of us. In each instance, it's a moment where we realize how we've been functioning isn't working for us {as Dr. Phil would say}.
We need to exert self-control in the situation and just. stop. it.
The only person we can ever change is our-self.  The only behavior we can ever change is ours. The only person we can ever stop is us.
Are there areas in your life where you need to stop behavior or thinking?  It's never comfortable or easy.  Sometimes the first step to victorious and healthy living is to simply stop {one time, a second time, and a third and more} until the behavior diminishes.
Are you ready to do that?  You won't be able to do it in five-minutes like Bob Newhart suggests.  But trying it just once may be worth a shot.
Will you join me?
 

Comments

  1. Wonderful post my friend!!! And yes I will join you!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!'

    Love to you!!!!

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  2. Hi Stacey! You have done some amazing works of faith and courage in your life. So inspiring! I will do my best to join you, knowing that I won't be perfect, but I'll be perfect in the trying :)

    Peace in Christ,
    Ceil

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