There is this amazing emphasis on words in the Bible, especially in Proverbs 18. Which pretty much crushes the notion that talk is cheap. In some ways, yes, but words can hurt or heal.
But don’t you ever get tired of hearing all the bad? Do you want to hear something encouraging? These verses in Proverbs note how negative talk effects people and promote the importance of positive words.
It’s not asking you to be unaware or dumb to the fact that bad things are taking place. It’s just saying it’s important to hear something good, some time! For a change of pace, tell me something good!
Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
I welcome you and all that’s in between
A new year
Time to conquer new fears
Time to leave behind
The negativity that comes to mind.
A new day has begun
There is no time to run
Away from my dreams
I’m playing on the winning team
I’m blazing a new trail
And I fail, I fail.
But I won’t rest
Not until I’ve done my best
Not until I’ve given all that I’ve got
Not until I’m in the victor’s spot
Whoever said it can’t done
I’ll prove them wrong just for fun.
And even before the task is complete
I’ll thank God for allowing me to meet
Each day with His grace
That’s how I’m in the winner’s place
With the strength He provides
I can face any tide.
And when it’s all said and done
I’ll praise Him that I’ve won
I’ll give Him glory
For my success story
And when they ask me how could this be
I’ll tell them it’s God in me.
It doesn’t take much faith to stay where you are. It has never and will never take much faith to stay the same.
Most of us claim to want to be better, yet we don’t want to change anything. I know that’s how I am. I want to be this great person, but I’ve yet to change my circumstances. I’ve yet to even try for that matter.
I’m too afraid to fail is the reason. Most people are afraid of failure. But I’ve realized that it is of no merit to be able to say I’ve never failed when I’ve never attempted anything either. Where is the honor in that reality?
God created us to be more, to want more. When we don’t, we’re just being, well failures actually. Truth is, you don’t show that you need God when you remain the same. That’s the real issue with staying where you are. You exercise your “power” and not God’s.
The only person that truly fails is the one who is too afraid to try and succeed.
Where does the time go? We say that a lot, but seriously, where does the time really go?
It’s crazy to think about how much can change in just a year. Your job can change, your relationship status, your goals, and so much more. And if you’re not careful, all these new changes can occur almost without you even realizing it. That’s almost what happened to me.
I finally took a minute to think about where I was last year at this time. I was in a completely different place. I was different mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. In some ways I was better, and in some ways I was just different.
I have to admit, I enjoy looking at the “memories” app on Facebook. It reminds of the place I was in at one point in my life. On those tough days I look back at that memory tab and I’m reminded of so many things. I’m reminded of quotes that I posted. Those posts hold me accountable for my today.
Truth be told, I think that tab has changed my attitude recently. When I’m reminded of how I tried to encourage people a year ago, I can’t help but take a dose of my own medicine. And you know what, I need it. Sometimes I need two tablespoons instead of one. And as nasty as that medicine can be, it sure does work.
We don’t realize it, but sometimes the only elixir we really need, is a taste of our medicine.
I don’t know, it’s like the Lord has been saying, “Chanel, you ought to get tired of talking about the person you used to be or the person you usually are.” And of course, He’s right.
At work, I’ve been complaining. I have been negative. And all I have been able to say is, “I’m not usually like this, I mean I wrote a book about encouragement.” Yet, even in my relationship I’ve been negative, trying to convince him I’m not normally this way. I’m not negative about the relationship, but I have been negative in talking about things outside of the relationship.
All I can is when is that other person going to show up? If a situation doesn’t change does that mean it’s OK for me to never be better? Absolutely not. What’s the point in only being positive when everything is going my way? How is that strengthening my character?
Who I used to be will no longer be better than who I currently am. I will not continue to talk about how positive I once was because I will be. Who I was will not trump who I am.
Why me? Isn’t that a million dollar question? Why me? I’ve found myself asking that before. I’ve probably said it more than I want to admit it. In fact, I have said it more than I want to admit it.
Yesterday, as I was praying, something happened. It’s happened before, but I definitely needed a reminder. Why is it so easy to ask “why me,” when it’s not what I want? When it’s something negative, I can’t wait to wonder why it has to be happening to me. When it’s positive do I do the same thing? Not hardly.
I’m so quick to wonder why something is happening when I don’t like it. But, what about asking “why me” when it’s positive? Why so much favor on my life? What have I done to deserve it? Nothing. Why bless me so much God?
My prayer is that from now on my “why” is for all that is good that is happening. No more why am I going through this when I am blessed to get to the point He is taking me to. I won’t keep asking God why things are happening to me when I can ask God why things are happening for me. From now on, “why me” is going to mean “wow, me!”