And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. I Samuel 30:6
Every now and then, we all need a pep talk. A pep talk is a short speech that is given to encourage someone to work harder and to feel more confident and enthusiastic. A pep talk is a vigorous, emotional talk intended to inspire enthusiasm, increase determination to succeed. A pep talk is a speech of exhortation, as to a team or staff, meant to instill enthusiasm or bolster morale. Every now and then, everyone needs a pep talk.
Every now and then, you should give someone a pep talk. Pep talks are given before every game every week of every year in some sport. There have been many epic pep talks given in dozens of sports movies. One of them was by the coach of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team. He encouraged his team not to believe the hype; not to believe what everyone was saying about the Russian hockey team, and to believe in themselves.
Better than all of the words of encouragement given by all the coaches of the world combined, Jesus gave the greatest pep talk of all time. Jesus told his 12 disciples, and is still telling us this:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:1-6
Every now and then, you need to give yourself a pep talk. Yes we have friends who are “there” for us; yes we can listen to that great Bishop T.D. Jakes video; and yes we have the Word to meditate on; but every now and then, you need to give yourself a pep talk.
So give yourself a pep talk. Like David, you need to encourage yourself in the Lord. You need to tell yourself that you are more than conquer. You need to tell yourself that you can do all things through Christ that gives you strength. You need to tell yourself that you are the head and not the tail. You need to tell yourself that you are above only and not beneath. You need to tell yourself that you are a survivor. You need to tell yourself that you are an overcomer. You ned to tell yourself that trouble don’t last always. You need to tell yourself that you always will triumph in Christ!
Tell yourself! Don’t wait for anyone else to tell you! You know who you are! You are a child of the Most High God. You are a tree planted by the rivers of water. Your are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You are healed, delivered, set free, redeemed, reconciled and restored, in the name of Jesus.
Give yourself a pep talk.