There is an ex­tra­or­di­nary fu­ture wait­ing for you

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Religion - Cather­ine Galasso-Vig­orito

“Let the re­deemed of the Lord say so...” (Psalm 107:2).

Once there was a boy who shouted across a val­ley near his home, “Hel­loo-o-o. Who is there?” And in the dis­tance a voice an­swered, “Hello-o-o-o. Who is there.”

Im­me­di­ately, he looked around, and there was no one in sight. So the boy called out again, “Who are you?” Sec­onds later, a voice said, “Who are you?” Then, one more time, he shrieked in a high-pitched voice, “Please stop it.” Af­ter that, the voice an­swered, “Please stop it.”

Thoughts swirled in the boy’s head as he thought about the echo. Next, he cried out, “I love you.” Back came the words, “I love you.” En­thu­si­as­ti­cally, the boy an­nounced, “You are so good!” And the com­pli­ment was re­turned to him, “You are so good!” With a flash of un­der­stand­ing, the boy re­al­ized what we say can have a way of com­ing back to us. For we must never un­der­es­ti­mate the com­mand­ing power of our words.

Did you ever stop for a mo­ment and re­ally think about the words you speak? How of­ten do you talk, not even re­al­iz­ing the great sig­nif­i­cance of your words? Our lives can be re­flected in our words. Hence, let us cre­ate and pro­duce our heart’s de­sire by what we say.

You may have chal­lenges be­fore you. But what are you say­ing over your sit­u­a­tions? How are you talk­ing to your­self? Are you speak­ing bless­ings into your fu­ture and into the lives of oth­ers? Re­gard­less of what’s go­ing on around you to­day, speak faith, speak love, speak suc­cess, and speak with kind­ness. En­cour­ag­ing words carry strength, hope, and healing, so speak them over your cir­cum­stances and ver­bal­ize them to oth­ers.

When I was a lit­tle girl, my mother didn’t drive a car. So when it was time to go gro­cery shop­ping, we had to walk to the food store. And we pulled a cart be­hind us in which to put the gro­ceries. I still re­mem­ber how care­ful we had to be, not buy­ing any items that weighed too much be­cause they would be too heavy for us to carry home. Like that cart full of gro­ceries, we must be care­ful what we carry home with us. Let’s speak gra­cious words that ed­ify those who hear them, of­fer­ing ex­pres­sions of praise or ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our loved ones. Give com­pli­ments freely to oth­ers. For words that are pos­i­tive, en­cour­ag­ing and spo­ken in love can bring about a new awak­en­ing into other peo­ple’s lives and our own. Just as a nar­row stream of wa­ter flows down­ward from a lit­tle, ever-fresh bab­bling brook into a grand lake, you are a chan­nel which God uses to gen­er­ously flow out to oth­ers.

Think of it this way: You are God’s mouth to speak a live-giv­ing word to an­other. Leave be­hind doubt. And avoid neg­a­tive self-talk. Never lis­ten to the un­con­struc­tive voices in­side your head that some­times try to talk us out of reach­ing for a bet­ter life. In­stead, start now by speak­ing state­ments of joy­ful ex­pec­ta­tion, ex­press­ing with self-as­sur­ance all the great things that you de­sire con­cern­ing your fu­ture. If you ut­ter, ‘I am blessed,’ you’ll be blessed. Say ‘it’s so,’

for the words that you speak can al­low you to alter con­di­tions in one di­rec­tion or in the other di­rec­tion. What­ever you say and ex­pect, you can be­gin to at­tract to­ward you. In other words, what you say can come to pass.

Daily, talk hap­pi­ness; talk faith; talk health … say ‘it’s so.’ And all through the day, af­firm: “Ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be al­right,” “I’m healthy, strong and ca­pa­ble,” “Op­por­tu­ni­ties are ahead,” “God is with me, guid­ing my path,” “I will pre­vail,” “God will make a way,” “I’ll over­come over this cir­cum­stance,” “I’m re­stored,” and “My goals will fall into place.”

Al­ways speak aloud the way you want con­di­tions to come about for your­self and oth­ers. I have found that peo­ple be­come what you en­cour­age them to turn out to be. I’ve dis­cov­ered this first­hand, when my daugh­ter au­di­tioned to be a part of a dance com­pe­ti­tion team. Dur­ing the try-outs, I’d boost her con­fi­dence and lov­ingly say, “I am so proud of you,” “You al­ways try your best,” “You’re a beau­ti­ful dancer,” “You have so much ahead of you,” “You’re very tal­ented,” “You ex­cel at ev­ery­thing you do,” I’d tell her, beam­ing. The more I ‘said so,’ the bet­ter she seemed to dance.

A few weeks later, my daugh­ter was cho­sen for the team. Then, she and the other dance stu­dents spent months re­hears­ing. When it came time for the com­pe­ti­tions, my friends and fam­ily and I were over­joyed as we sat in the au­di­ence watch­ing the group and solo per­for­mances.

Each time, my daugh­ter stepped on the stage, she’d glance in my di­rec­tion. I’d smile and nod my head, “Yes.” Af­ter ev­ery dance, I would clap and cheer and say, “You are do­ing great!” But what was so mar­velous was I no­ticed that the more pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment I of­fered to my daugh­ter, the bet­ter and bet­ter she per­formed.

There­fore, to­day, al­low me to do the same for you. If you feel down or dis­cour­aged, let me cheer you on, em­power, and re­mind you:

•“You’re won­der­ful and have spe­cial gifts, so of­fer them to the world.”

•“Don’t give up now, you have fur­ther to go.”

•“Many fan­tas­tic things are go­ing to hap­pen soon.”

•“Your fu­ture is promis­ing.”

•“It’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore you re­al­ize your dreams.”

•“Have faith, God will lead you in the right di­rec­tion.” •“You are loved!” A pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tion, an as­sured dec­la­ra­tion and af­fir­ma­tive state­ments of the good we long to ex­pe­ri­ence, is most of­ten all that is needed to be­gin to turn the tide of events in our lives. Hope­ful words, when pon­dered upon and spo­ken aloud grad­u­ally, in­crease your power and aid greatly in the ac­com­plish­ment of what­ever you set out to do.

Speak lov­ing, pos­i­tive, faith-filled words. Ex­pand your thoughts and re­ally em­brace life. Any­thing is pos­si­ble. You can achieve what you say. Thus, never limit your vi­sion for your­self or your fu­ture. God is go­ing to do great things in your life…

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7).

Thus, “say it’s so!” There is an ex­tra­or­di­nary fu­ture wait­ing for you.

A pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tion, an as­sured dec­la­ra­tion and af­fir­ma­tive state­ments of the goodwe long to ex­pe­ri­ence, is most of­ten all that is needed to be­gin to turn the tide of events in our lives. Hope­ful words, when pon­dered upon and spo­ken aloud grad­u­ally, in­crease your power and aid greatly in the ac­com­plish­ment of what­ever you set out to do.

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