The other morning I was getting dressed and watching the morning news show. They were talking about the legendary Maya Angelou, one of the most profound writers of our time who recently passed away. What the host said got my attention. In speaking of how the great Maya Angelou would be remembered, she said “Her words always had such great meaning.”
Do your words carry GREAT meaning? When we speak, our words carry meaning. Yes, no matter what, the words we speak have power. We choose whether they carry great meaning or negative meaning. We choose whether are words are helping us or hurting us. We choose whether our words create life or death.
The Bible says in Proverbs 18:21, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” Message
The circumstances in your life are subject to what you speak to them and about them. The people in your life are affected and changed by what you say to them and about them. Our words are so significant. They can create and they can destroy. Now, this may sound overwhelming; but with discipline, our words can be one of our most powerful and effective tools to successfully living the abundant life, the life that God wants us to live.
I caution you to think before you speak! Be conscious of what you are saying. Only speak good and positive things. Now, this does not mean you will never have a bad thought or a negative feeling; but you do not have to verbalize either. In fact, you should only verbalize the opposite. The promises in God’s Word are always for us. They are always “Yes and Amen.” Choose to speak them over your life because they carry GREAT MEANING. Speak words that give life to what the Bible says about you, about your life and about your circumstances. Speak words that give life to what the Bible says about those around you and those you love.
Let me give you an example. Maybe you are having some issues with your child. Don’t speak negatively about your child. Don’t verbalize your child’s weaknesses or struggles. Say what the Word says instead! Give life to the promises of God which say your child is blessed, chosen and highly favored. Give life to the promises of God which say your child is healthy, whole, well, has the mind of Christ and is destined for success.
Maybe you are struggling with a physical attack on your body. Don’t speak about the sickness or disease. Don’t claim the diagnosis as your own. Instead, give life to the promises of God for your body which say you are redeemed from the curse and you are healed by the stripes of Jesus. Give life to the promises which say your body was created in God’s image and no weapon formed against you can prosper.
Be aware of what comes out of your mouth! Make sure what does carries meaning that is helping and enhancing your life not hurting and destroying your life.
The legacy of Maya Angelou – The greatness of her Words! What a great way to be remembered!
May we each be remembered this way! Love you! Shannon