Have You Ever Called Yourself an “Idiot”?

Have you ever called yourself an idiot? After accidentally dinging the shiny new car next to you, what comes out of your mouth? When you drop your mug and coffee spills everywhere, what do you say? Are you repeating what your dad or an old coach or your ex-wife called you? Maybe it didn’t stick back then, but now you find you’ve subconsciously bought into the lie that you’re messed up and don’t have what it takes.

Well, next time you talk to yourself that way, think about who you’re talking to! You’re calling a son of God an idiot! Are you kidding me? You would never call a son of God and a brother of Jesus a name like that, no matter what he’d done.

Maybe you forgot who you are. Maybe, just for a moment, you thought you were still the guy who screwed up his marriage. Or disappointed his dad. Or failed an exam because he didn’t read the instructions carefully. Yes, you did those things, but when the Holy Spirit came into your life, you became new!

We’ve all done idiotic things. But that’s not who you are. Not now. Never again.

Regi Campbell, author of this blog, has written for Discipleship·org a eBook called Fill Your Seats, which is available for free digital download in your favorite format here.

Words are powerful. Adolf Hitler conquered half of the world with words. There’s no evidence he ever fired a shot in his conquest. He used words to convince himself and millions of others that his words were true. They were not. But look at the damage done.

Be kind to yourself no matter what. Try saying, “That’s unfortunate” or, “Man, I really hate that happened.”

Never attach that kind of identity to yourself again.

Neither your Dad nor your Brother approves.

Scripture: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Written by Regi Campbell

Regi is the Founder and Chairman of Radical Mentoring, a nonprofit focused on equipping and encouraging churches to build disciples and disciple makers through intentional men’s small group mentoring. Regi believes the future of the local church is intimately connected to the development of strong Jesus-following lay leaders who will lead their wives, children, businesses, neighborhoods, and churches with God at the center.

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