Often in life, we get caught up in all of the things being said around us. The co-worker who constantly complains, the facebook friend who has their status set on perma-whine. Negative people seem to have the ability to suck us into a vortex of gloom and cynicism and it can get to a point where we may not realize our own contribution. Even if you start out positive, gloom and despair are highly contagious and we all come down with a case of it from time to time.
Today, I want you to pay attention to *your* words, to what you are putting out into the world. Our words have an effect that remains long after we are gone. They are like a scent, perfumed and fragrant, or acrid and foul.
What is it that you are putting into people’s lives?
But even more importantly, what is it you are putting into your own life?
I’ve noticed in my life that if I am worried and go around internally talking to myself about how worried I am, I become more so. If I am sad and inwardly carry on a dialogue of all the different reasons why I must be sad, I only sink deeper.
But if I counter that…if, when feeling sad I tell myself “Well now let’s think about all of the places we can find joy today…” I begin pulling myself up.
If, when worried, I tell myself “You know, God is in charge of this and worrying is useless because not only is it not going to make my situation better, but it will make me feel worse…” I slowly begin to feel peace.
So today, I want you to own your words. Each and every one that comes out of your mouth. Pretend that Jesus himself is standing beside you auditing your behavior this day (He actually is) and choose your words as we are instructed to in Ephesians. Don’t let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths but only words that are useful for building up and encouraging so that they can be a benefit to all those who listen, including yourself. (paraphrased from Eph 4:29).
Lay a foundation today that will lift you and everyone around you up each and every day after this as you continue to build up yourself and others.
Don’t you just love people like that? Well guess what? You ARE a person like that!
Be grateful and talk about it. Look for joy and point it out. If you find yourself surrounded by negativity, rise above it. If you find yourself in the midst of people tearing others down, get back to the foundation you are constructing.
It’s time to live a life worthy of you.
In doing so you will make your life far more worthwhile than it has ever been.
Now, look around you. You are surrounded by blessings. Focus on them. Pick a few, and list them below.
What are you going to be grateful for this day?