The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Tip the scales in the direction of the positive

- Catherine Galasso Vigorito A New You

What words do you use on a daily basis? Are you using what you say to build up others? And are you speaking words that bless your future? Think about it this way: During the course of your day,..

What words do you use on a daily basis? Are you using what you say to build up others? And are you speaking words that bless your future?

Think about it this way: During the course of your day, if you were to take a survey of your words and place the positive words you speak on one side of a balancing scale and the negative words you say on the other side of the scale, which side would weigh more?

Every word is powerful. And each word must be chosen carefully and wisely. For, sooner or later, your words can give back to you everything that you say. The words that you speak have legs and they travel. They walk in the direction of your future.

Yet, life can be tough, and at times, will try to push you down and steal your dreams, your joy and your sense of value. You may be encounteri­ng challenges and difficulti­es. And, perhaps, you just can’t seem to get out of the rut. Or, because of past circumstan­ces, you’ve become negative and discourage­d.

But the key is not to use your words to magnify the problem. Rather, use your words to talk about the solution.

In spite of what’s going on around you now, continuall­y affirm that you have good health, love and harmony in your home, exciting opportunit­ies ahead and success in your future. Don’t let past setbacks set the tone for the rest of your life. Choose to speak positively, and let us draw on words that bring about victory, for Mark 11:23 tells us, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

For a few minutes each day, go to a quiet place, open up your Bible and find a promise that fits your situation and then speak it aloud. God will make good on His word; and in His perfect timing, He will surely see that the promise becomes a reality:

In place of declaring, “Nothing good is going to happen for me,” believe and say, “God will lead me to triumph.” (2 Corinthian­s 2:14). Instead of uttering, “I just can’t get ahead,” believe and say, “God will supply my needs.” (Philippian­s 4:19). As opposed to stating, “I’m in an impossible situation,” believe and say, “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26). Rather than whispering, “I’ll never get well,” believe and say, “With His stripes I am healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). Instead of saying, “It’s not fair,” believe and say, “God will restore twice as much to me.” (Zechariah 9:12). Leave behind the pain and disappoint­ments of the past. Don’t get distracted, criticize or be against yourself. Move forward, believe and say with confidence, God can give me another chance because “His mercy is new every morning.” (Lamentatio­ns 3:23).

Recall in the Bible the story about King Heze

kiah. Hezekiah became very sick. As he lay down, unknowingl­y, on his deathbed, the Lord sent the prophet Isaiah to tell Hezekiah to put his affairs in order, for the illness would soon take his life.

After Isaiah told Hezekiah the catastroph­ic news, the king was struck with grief and anguish. Yet, instead of sitting back and accepting this fate, Hezekiah stepped up in faith, turned his head to the wall, and prayed, speaking aloud, reminding the Lord of all the good that he had accomplish­ed in faithfulne­ss in His sight. Hezekiah put action behind his requests. He believed, and tearfully prayed for healing, asking that the Lord restore him back to health.

And almost at once, the Lord answered Hezekiah’s plea. Before Isaiah had even left the palace grounds, he went back to see King Hezekiah with a new message: that the Lord had heard his prayers and had seen his tears, and that Hezekiah would indeed recover and would live another 15 years (2 Kings 20:1-11; 2 Chronicles 32:24; Isaiah 38).

Like Hezekiah, let’s pray, speaking words of faith, believing, and using what we say to transform our situations. A full, blessed life is still in front of you. So ‘say’ what you’d like to see or have come to pass. ‘Assert’ the good, and ‘repeat’ your heart’s desires again and again. Believe you can move that mountain, think victory, and have faith that you can succeed in your endeavors, and you will.

In my office, I have a bookmark with a quote on it that reads, “The me I see, is the me I’ll be.” So make the most of yourself, for you are a person of purpose; a man or woman of destiny. You’re one of a kind; strong and capable. Celebrate who God created you to be. And go out each day and say something encouragin­g and uplifting to those you meet. Utilize your words to speak hope, love and blessings for your family and the people in your life.

For many are waiting for and need to receive a kind, comforting word from you. As you tip the scales in the direction of the positive, you will experience a new sense of peace and happiness, and you’ll live an overcoming, abundant, and joy-filled life.

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