Your words can hold the key to your future

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Religion - Cather­ine Galas­soVig­orito

In the be­gin­ning, God cre­ated the world with His words. “By the word of the Lord, the heav­ens were made, and all the hosts of them by the breath of His mouth… For He spoke, and it was done; He com­manded and it stood fast” (Psalm 33: 6, 9).

And as a child of God, you, too, can cre­ate the world you want by the words you speak.

Did you ever stop for a mo­ment and re­ally think about the words you say on a daily ba­sis? How of­ten do you speak not even re­al­iz­ing the great sig­nif­i­cance of your words? What thoughts do you play over and over in your mind? And what are you declar­ing about your­self and your cur­rent cir­cum­stances?

Years ago, I re­call how my then seven-year old daugh­ter said to me, “Mommy, a girl read to my class to­day.” She had just got­ten off of the school bus, and we were walk­ing up the drive­way to the house.

“What story did she read?” I asked non­cha­lantly. “The name of the book was, ‘Don’t feed the Mon­ster on Tues­day,’” my daugh­ter clearly articulated. “Don’t feed the Mon­ster?” get­ting my full at­ten­tion, “What kind of book was that?” I ques­tioned as I be­gan to empty out her back­pack.

“Well,” she went on to de­scribe, “In­side your head is a little voice that could be a mon­ster; and if you lis­ten to it, it can get big­ger and big­ger. The sound can get louder and louder. And if you lis­ten to the mon­ster, you won’t like your­self.” Smil­ing, she con­tin­ued, “If you don’t lis­ten to that mon­ster voice, it will get smaller and smaller, and soon it will dis­ap­pear.”

As this book tells us, your in­ner di­a­log and outer words are filled with power. Words carry weight. They can hold the key to your future. So un­lock the door to your best life by think­ing and speak­ing good, hope­ful, pos­i­tive words. For the words that you speak are like a wand that can al­low you to al­ter con­di­tions one way…or the other way.

Yet, of­ten, we may be­come con­di­tioned to con­tin­u­ally com­plain or talk neg­a­tively about our dif­fi­cul­ties, mis­for­tunes and on­go­ing prob­lems. But, re­mem­ber… the words you say, es­pe­cially dur­ing chal­leng­ing times, can de­ter- mine the course of your future.

Em­brace a pos­i­tive self­im­age. And don’t lis­ten to the mon­ster’s voice that some­times tries to con­vince you that you are un­wor­thy and un­de­serv­ing. Un­con­struc­tive words can make you feel worse. Wor­ries and fears can come with greater in­ten­sity if you re­peat prob­lems. For when you speak some­thing aloud over and over again, your words might be­come fact. Thus, dur­ing the dif­fi­cult times you must be ex­tremely care­ful about how you think. More­over, you need to be alert as to what you are say­ing about your sit­u­a­tion. A friend once said to me, “We are all the prod­ucts to­day of the words which we spoke yes­ter­day.”

Right now, God’s hand is upon you…you mat­ter to Him, and He wants the best for you. You’re sig­nif­i­cant, and no one else can take your place. So choose your words wisely and com­mu­ni­cate pos­i­tively. Speak from a place of love; about your­self, about your life and to oth­ers.

Scrip­ture tells us: “If you have faith as a mus­tard seed, you will say to this moun­tain, move from here to there, and it will move; and noth­ing will be im­pos­si­ble for you.” (Matthew 17:20). And ac­cord­ing to Mark 11:23, you will have what­ever you say. Let’s keep our thoughts faith­filled and op­ti­mistic, for if our mind is sat­u­rated with fears, it will coun­ter­bal­ance our good ef­forts and worth­while en­deav­ors.

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