Your words are powerful. As kids growing up we often said the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We were sadly mistaken because words have a powerful effect on each of us.
Words shape us. They have a tendency to distract us from our destiny if we allow them to. I know the effect words had on my life when I was younger. Being born with only one hand, I heard all kinds of things about what other people thought about me. I had to learn this – Sometimes you have to work through the words to find your worth! (TWEET THIS)
Proverbs 18:21 says something powerful about the effect of words:
21 Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. (MSG Bible)
On this final day of 2012 I began to think about the end of a thing. I begin to think about the close of another year and I was struck with something all of us know but possibly have forgotten. It is simply this:
History, experience and even the bible, reveal to us that the end of a thing is always more telling than the beginning.
What is spoken at the end of a season in your life can tell us more about what went on during that time than anything else. What is spoken at the close of a year can either have a negative or positive effect on how you approach this new year. I know 2012 included some rough patches along the way and maybe you are thankful it is soon going to be behind you, but how you view and how you voice those moments speaks volumes on how you will step into a different season of your life.
Let me give you an example. The history of the Israelites, their deliverance from Egypt and their conquest of their promise land, hold some powerful truths when it comes to the effect of words. The most obvious would be the report of the 10 spies that returned from scoping out the land and the negative report they gave. Their words cost them years of wandering and eventually death. Their words cost them a future.
However, that is not where I want to put my focus. Years later, once Moses died, there are some interesting intstructions given to Joshua as he attempts to lead the Israelites into the promise land. Instructions were given to him on how to approach the walled city called Jericho. God tells Joshua – “listen, I want you to march around the city for 6 days and I want you to keep your mouth shut!” (Darin Sargent Paraphrased Version or the DSPV… LOL)
For 40 years they had walked in circles complaining, murmuring, griping and groaning. This time God wanted them to break the curse of the previous generation by keeping their mouth shut till He told them to open it. God basically was telling them, “Once I tell you to open your mouth I want you to shout with a voice of triumph.”
Declared words create real live worlds. What you say shapes how you live and the direction you will go. I challenge each of you as you step into this new year, choose your words carefully. In fact here are 3 things we can start practicing as we step into this new year.
- Quit griping about everything going on in your life. Nothing changes by complaining about it.
- Dont speak negative about others. If you do not have anything good to say – DON’T SAY IT!! You never know what is going on in their life
- Take the word CAN’T out of your vocabulary! I CAN do all things through Christ…..
I trust on this final day of this year you will stop long enough to contemplate the direction your words are taking you. Have a wonderful NEW YEAR and let there be a NEW YOU from this day forward.
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QUESTION: What practices have you incorporated into your life when it comes to your words? Comment below and tell us what is working for you.