Have you ever thought back on conversations you’ve had with people, and wondered, “Why did I say that?” or wonder, “Where did that even come from,” when thinking of certain comments you’ve made. I’m sure we all have been there at some point in time, either looking back on ‘convos’ in pride or in regret.
I recently started analyzing the things I was saying in my day-to-day. A few weeks ago, my cousin invited me to fast alongside her. Aside from refraining from food, I casually said that I would stay away from speaking negatively during the duration of the fast. I had no idea what a challenge that would be for me for the weeks to come. I found myself discovering new truths about life and myself.
You Speak What You Feel
Believe it or not, you will only speak what you think. Yes, just think about that for a moment. There is nothing that you have ever said that you didn’t feel, think, or believe. The interesting part is starting to realize what you believed unconsciously. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...” (Proverbs 23:7) During those weeks of the fast, I started digging deep into the words that were flowing from my heart and realized they had deeper roots (Proverbs 8:13).
Thoughts Pave The Way
There is a quote that I came across some years ago that was so powerful and I think it would be useful to us here:
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
To think it all started with a thought! In the quote we can see how things are produced from our thoughts, that, seemingly, insignificant thing. What seems to be so insignificant is the very seed that will grow into much greater things in the future.
Faith It ‘Til You Make It
Let’s face it; there are something’s that we believe about our situations and ourselves that seem too hard to shake. God has given us the grace to overcome those negative thoughts and part of that is thinking, speaking, doing things by faith.
One verse I often recite is Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
There are times when we have to step out of what we see and think and speak what we believe to be God’s truth for our lives. I started purposefully speaking life and it has made such a difference in my life. From being able to start those daunting tasks that have been on hold for so long to reaching out to heal relationships I thought were dead!
Our thoughts, our words, our beliefs have power!! This moment that you’re reading this post, it’s an opportunity for you to start anew. Start this new week with a renewed mind, getting rid of all the negative thoughts/ talk and start putting new words of life in your mouth.
Kim is a Registered Nurse by day but a singer, guitar player, writer, and lover of fun by night. Most of all Kim is a lover of Christ. She writes to share her daily life and walk with God and the truths she has gleaned from it.