Words-have-power that can change the way we think and feel. Words can cause sickness and disease. Words can heal or they can destroy. They can encourage or discourage. Careless use of words can cause serious damage to those around us and to ourselves. Never denigrate yourself or others. It is better to say nothing at all than to hurt yourself or others with negative, hurtful words.
Accepting the fact that words-have-power can change the direction, length and quality of our life. We can all attest to the reality that many people habitually use words with a negative connotation. The use of negative words always leads to negative outcomes.
What we think or say can cause us damaging stress or be uplifting. What we say is a reflection of what we think and conversely we can change what we think by speaking the opposite. In other words, we can change our stressful negative thoughts by speaking positive affirmations. A positive or negative attitude is a learned response to our life circumstance. It is a habit formed by our reaction to our environment and to those who have influenced us. The good news is that habits can be changed.
We are continually carrying on conversations with ourselves. Depending on our personal experience, this so called self-talk can be a rapid fire stream of self-doubt and criticism. Or, it can be a series of uplifting, positive affirmations that can form new habits of positive thinking. There is positive power in our words when we believe in our hearts that God is the source of all positive energy, and prayer is the best way to tap into His power.
We all have issues to deal with and if we approach them with a negative attitude they will defeat us and be harmful to those around us. Remember the "Serenity Prayer" and accept the things that you can't change. Positive self-talk enables us to feel good about ourselves and improve our self-image. A good self-image is prerequisite to our ability to reach out in an up-lifting way to other people.
Negative thoughts are almost always exaggerations of reality or are totally false. They often are false anticipation of events that may or may not occur. Negative people tend to identify with and remember only the negative events or circumstance and discount or totally ignore the positive aspects of the same situation. Always look for the positive and expect good results.
Realizing that words-have-power and committing to make both our self-talk and communications with others positive is fundamental to health and happiness. It starts with having a healthy regard for self. We were purchased at a heavy price. God gave his only son for us because of his great love for us. He placed a high value on us. Can we do less? Fill your mind with positive thoughts and reject negative thinking.
Identify positive things about yourself and become aware of your negative thoughts. Write positive affirmations to counter those negative thoughts or provide new direction. I favor an affirmation from Norman Vincent Peale’s “Power of Positive Thinking,” as follows:
I believe that I am always divinely guided.
I believe that I will always take the right turn in the road.
I believe that God will make a way where there is no way.
Repeat your positive affirmations to yourself several times a day. Make them short and in the present tense. Adding regular, scheduled meditation on those affirmations will enhance retention and relieve stress. You will, in time, reprogram your mind to shed the negative thinking and replace it with positive uplifting thoughts. Studies have shown that meditation can among other things reduce stress, lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and improve sleep.
Yes words-have-power but we have the choice and the means to harness that power for good. Proverbs 12:18 reads: “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing” (NASB).
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