“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.” -Frank Outlaw
When you wake up in the morning, what words are you speaking? “Ugh, not another morning? I just want to sleep!” “I hate my job, I just want to quit.” “Why do I always have to be the one to…” Or are you speaking words that build you up? “Today is the day that the Lord has made, this will be a wonderful day!” “My job is a blessing and I will make the best of it!” “I am thankful God always gives me the privilege of being the one to…” There is no doubt about it, words can either build you up or break you down. We know from last week’s blog Watch Your Thoughts, words begin with a thought. So how do you turn those thoughts into words?
Speak positively – When the alarm that you have set to go off every couple of hours throughout the day goes off and you redirect your thoughts, make sure you tell someone what a lovely day it is or give someone a compliment. It will lift you… and them UP!
Speak scripture– When you read scripture from the post-its you have posted all around you or from the Bible app on your phone, read them out-loud! Let them sink into your spirit.
Sing a song of praise – As the worship music is blasting, sing! Dance! It will take the focus off of you and your situation and place the focus on the almighty God who is alive and worthy to be praised!
Accountability – When your friend calls in the middle of the day to see where your thoughts are, share words of encouragement and build each other up while you are at it!
Positive influence – Your words become like the words of those you hang out with. Choose friends who choose their words wisely.
Words have a powerful impact either for the good or for the bad. When you watch your words, they have power to build your entire well-being up and that power will spread like wild fire to everyone and everything around you! Watch your words and be blessed!
Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.