Be Careful What You Say…

The power of the tongue is life and death— those who love to talk will eat what it produces.–Proverbs 18:21, ISV

Today I read a message from Joel Osteen titled Blessing Your Future. It referenced James 3:10, NLT“And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”  I’ve heard similar messages before and have experienced the concept mentioned in my own life many times. This prompted me to want to write a post about how important it is to keep your speech and your thoughts positive, if for nothing else, at least to keep your peace of mind.

Are you speaking good, joyful, uplifting, positive, prosperous, progressive things over your life? Or, are you speaking negative, berating, belittling, damaging, discouraging things over your life? The things you say have powerful effects on your life, your mind, and your general well-being. 

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “you reap what you sow.” Most of us understand this to mean that the seeds we plant in life will produce the corresponding fruit. A farmer can’t plant apple seeds and reasonably expect a grove of orange trees to grow. You don’t wait for roses to bloom on the bush at the edge of your driveway when you know you planted tulip seeds. Likewise, we can’t sprinkle our lives with negative words and reasonably expect positive events to occur. 

This is not to say that one bad word or statement will cause something bad to happen to you right away. Just like a planted seed, things happen over time. A seed needs to be nurtured to eventually blossom into a full-fledged plant. Negative, discouraging, depressing talk continued over time will change your mental state and produce nothing but more negativity, discouragement, and depression in your life and in the lives of those around you who have to constantly hear you speak this way.

You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can control how you react to, speak about, and allow them to make you feel. Why make yourself feel worse in an already bad situation? What you say probably won’t fix everything or even anything, but it can change how you feel. 

Even when it’s dark and there’s total devastation all around you, keep your mind bright, clear, and focused on love. There’s a lot of hate in the world right now. Love is the only thing that conquers hate. Light is the only thing that drives out darkness. 

I know it’s hard, but you’re going to make it. We’re going to make it. Be kind to yourself. Encourage yourself. Talk more about the life you want, not the life you don’t. Call good things to your life–peace, happiness, joy, energy, health, friendship, and love. 

In the words of my late grandmother Ellabea, “Jesus loves you and I do, too.