I would like you to take a few minutes to recall your last conversation with a friend, family member or yourself (I absolutely love having conversations with myself, sometimes I need an expert’s opinion!).
Have you fallen into the habit of saying things like this? I look fat; I am sick; I won’t make it; I don’t stand a chance; that won’t ever happen; I’m not that lucky; we are going to be late; I won’t win because I never win anything, and the list goes on.
You might be reading the above thinking that you only state the facts. That might be true for you, but according to the scripture
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge in it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words – Proverbs 18:21”
Today I would like to encourage you to do the following:
When speaking to yourself or others, focus on only speaking positive, uplifting and encouraging words even if the situation looks anything but positive.
TRAIN your brain.
Research has found that forming a new habit takes roughly 20 days. You must train your brain to speak positively and see the good in every situation, even if you can’t see it. Remember, God said that He would let everything work out for our good, (Romans 8:28).
OPTIMISM is a choice.
Only expect the best. Be optimistic and believe that everything will work out in your favour. You will feel comfortable in your skin; you will be healthy; you will have a fantastic group of friends; you will have the best job; you will have the best day; you will be able to go for a run; you will be on time, you will have a great relationship with your daughter-in-law.
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” – Lao Tzu
POWER is yours.
God has given us free will. That free will applies to us being able to speak things over our lives freely. Because we have the power, you can block God’s blessing. I love using this example; As proud South Africans, we always pray for our country, be it for rain, for corruption to cease, or for Eskom to stop loadshedding. During our prayer time, we trust God, ask, and surrender it to Him. After spending time with God, we spend time with friends and family and immediately start complaining about everything wrong in our country, and just like that, we’ve cancelled our prayers.
I encourage you today to take stock of the default words you use, and think before speaking. I encourage you to live a positive life purposefully and truly believe that everything will work out for your good. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.