Have you ever had a problem you just couldn’t change? You know what I’m talking about; stuff like that extra twenty pounds you just can’t seem to keep off or credit card debt that never goes away or a relationship that makes you feel devastated every time you think of it.
For me it was chronic financial stress. I was constantly worried and focused on money and having enough just to pay for the basics. I felt a level of anxiety every time I opened my checkbook. I was caught up in the idea that “if only” I could make a certain amount of income, everything in my life would become easier and I then I could be happy.
- Making money and financial security became my focus, my idol.
- Money became my source for the peace and joy I was seeking.
- I realized I made money and financial security my source instead of God
An idol is a construct or focus you pour energy into because you believe it is a source for what you want: identity, power, love, money, peace, relationships, etc.
Idols separate you from direct, divine connection to God.
The only way to heal any problem is from knowing your divine source.
Because I am loved, valued and worthy, I can heal.
Problems that don’t heal: money problems, chronic dieting, chronic relationship distress, depression and chronic physical problems are very likely a form of idolatry. You pour loads of energy and attention into a problem in the hope that solving the problem will make you more worthy, more loved, more acceptable.
All your energy and power is poured into this “problem” that never seems to resolve. It is like a huge tornado that just spins all your excess effort and energy around in a circle, never really moving forward or changing.
It is an idol when it becomes the source to get you what you really want rather than God as the source.
- I forgive myself for idolizing money as my source for all I desire.
- I forgive myself for idolizing what I have (family, house, etc) as the source of my happiness and fulfillment.
- I forgive myself for idolizing all that I do not have or all that I see others possess as the source of my happiness and fulfillment.
- I give myself permission to tear down this idol to money and I am no longer separated from all the love, value and worthiness I ever wanted. It’s already mine.
- I forgive myself for using this idolatry of family as a source to heal depression and fear that I will never get what I really want in my relationships.
- I give myself permission to tear down this idol, and I am free to stop pouring excess energy into an empty tornado of futile discussion and thoughts.
- Without this idol I am no longer separated from God.
Discover the idols in your life with the phrase, “If only. . . .”
- I had more money. . . .I would be important and valued
- I had a better body and was prettier. . . . . .others would love me
- My marriage was perfect. . . .I could love and accept myself