“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”

Do you remember those words as a child when you were being harassed? We would chant them back at our attacker, knowing very well that those words spoken to us were cutting deep into our spirits. Yet we felt it was a way to protect our hearts; kind of like putting up an invisible force field. Perhaps if we said the chant louder to our attackers their words would not penetrate us as deep. It seemed negative words rang in our ears far louder than the positive ones did.

A person seems to know instinctively to try to guard their hearts from hurt. It is so important because out of a heart springs a well of life.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23,  (NLT)

There are a lot of broken people in our world. Their words can be hateful. That is why we, who call ourselves believers, have to be even more careful how we speak to others. It isn’t just because it represents the Lord, but because it represents our own hearts and can bring life and death to those around us.

Proverbs has many places in its passages that explain how the foolish use their words destructively and that it will eventually bring ruin to themselves and those around them. Yet it pleads to the reader to seek wisdom. It eventually states that there is life and death in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

I suppose that is why the Psalmist said, ” May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” PS 19:14

There is power in our words. It is with words that the Lord created the world. “Let there be light,” he said. And there was light! There is creative power in the things we say and even in the very thoughts that are hidden in our minds.

In fact you can find sympathy cards that state: “You are in our thoughts and prayers” or “sending good thoughts your way.” What are positive words or thoughts suppose to do?Actually they may do more than we realize. If it was the power of words that created our world, can you envision the power of words that can create hope in someone?

Adults that constantly criticize young people can create the way a child thinks about himself and eventually affect their actions. I know first hand. I had a teacher in first grade whose words were consistently harsh towards me. As young as 6-years-old, I had begun to have negative thoughts about myself.

Fortunately my 3 grade teacher thought so much differently about me. Her words of encouragement filled my heart with a positive attitude. It made such a difference to me regarding how I thought about myself. By the time I left her classroom I was a different person.

Believing in myself, I graduated as the salutatorian of my class in highschool. I say that to confirm the power of words.  Can you imagine the other road I could have taken had I believed in the negative words? My thoughts about myself had been renewed.

It is in our thought life that both good and evil are birthed. It is there that creative ideas are imagined. It is there that we decide if we can accomplish a task or give up.  It is there where we consider what we will be when we grow up. It is there that we choose a path for our lives, where to live, who to date, what job to take, etc…

That is why 1 Corinthians talks about having the mind of Christ.  It states that only the Spirit knows the deep things of God. It is just like our own thoughts; no one knows them but ourselves. That is why people who do not have the spirit of God in them do not understand God’s way of thinking; it seems foolish. But if we have Him in our hearts, we begin to learn what the Spirit is saying. Eventually we begin to walk with the mind of Christ and make our choices accordingly.

Philippians goes on to state that he will keep our hearts and minds in peace if we are not anxious. And where does anxiety begin? It begins in our minds or thoughts. What we think about, what we put into our hearts, what we meditate on will eventually be what we say and do. Good or evil will come out of our mouth because it was first stored in our hearts and in our minds.

I once heard an evangelist share that he taught these concepts to his little boy. One day he took his child to a store and the man in front of him in the check-out line was swearing up a storm. Suddenly the boy pulled on his daddy’s jacket and asked, “Daddy, is there s@#% in that man’s heart?” The father was extremely embarrassed until the man’s girlfriend turned around and looked down at the little boy and said, “Yes, honey, there is.”

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 (NLT)

Yes, I have interchanged heart and mind (and even thoughts) as I wrote. I know there is a saying that states, “Should you follow your heart or your mind?”  But I personally think that refers to following your feelings versus your reasoning.  I guess what I am trying to relay is this simple statement, “garbage in, garbage out.” What you meditate on (think about) will eventually find its way out in some sort of expression.

But I also want to add that it is EXTREMELY important what you say to those around you and even what you think or say about yourself.  What are you speaking? Are you speaking death and hopelessness or life and hope?

I challenge you to speak life, even in a corrupt world of political unrest, angry souls, unjust standards and simple foolishness.

LIFE-the true power of the life of Christ, the light of the world, will ALWAYS dispel darkness and death.

God bless.

 

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “Power of thoughts, power of words, power of hope.

  1. Very true! As soon as you talked about guarding hearts I thought of that scripture, and I’m so glad you posted it. 🙂 This Thursday, my post covers meditation with scripture and I used that scripture as well. Christ can guard our hearts so much more than we realize, and it’s important we see the truth. I’m so glad you had someone wash away the lies of negativity 🙂

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  2. I graduated high school with a 1.4 average (out of a possible 4.0). I ended college after 4 years (did not graduate) the first time around with a 2.5 average (out of a possible 4.0). This was between the ages of 18-22. When I was 52 I went back to college, to our local technical college, and I took classes toward an entrepreneur certificate, which I achieved, and got a 4.0 average (out of a possible 4.0), so a straight A average. What made the difference? Maturity was a big factor, for sure, but I decided to believe God and trust him instead of listening to the lies I had been listening to my whole life which told me I was not smart enough. But, it didn’t happen overnight. With the first accounting class I took I struggled with “I can’t do this.” Well, I couldn’t, but God could through me, so I trusted him, and I got an A. Then, with the first business law class I went through the same thing of “I can’t do this!” But, then I yielded to the Lord and let him work through me, and again I got an A, and then I ended up getting straight A’s. This is not to say that everyone who trusts God will get straight A’s, but I needed this, because I needed to learn that I could learn, because God had a ministry for me that I was then unaware of where I would have to learn a whole lot of things way beyond what I ever thought I could learn, so I needed this confidence builder so that I would learn that God could help me to learn way beyond what my natural mind would accept that I could learn, and Wow! He taught me so much! Sue

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    1. Thank you so much. I enjoy your writings, as well. I haven’t been on here for a little while. I’ve had too many things swirling in my mind. Often I find that I put my writings on the back burner, which I suppose isn’t always the best idea. I am also in the midst of a book project for my parents 60th Anniversary. They have served on the mission field both home and abroad and have a lot of stories that I am compiling for them so they can give to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who do not know the younger version of them. Once complete, I look forward to see what else God has planned for me in this arena of writing. God bless.

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      1. To what country or countries were your parents missionaries? Under what mission society? How long were they there? What was their main ministry? You don’t have to answer, obviously. Just curious.

        In the church denomination I grew up under, missions was a huge thing. That is wonderful that they dedicated their lives to the Lord’s service. And, it sounds like a wonderful thing you are doing for them, but I do miss your blog posts, so I will be glad when you return. 🙂 Sue

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      2. To answer your question: My parents were Lutheran missionaries in West Africa when they were young. But since then have served under many different denominations or missions and served in South Africa and back to West Africa as well as short terms in South America and also with the First Nations People in the US.

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      3. Oh, thank you. So, did you get to live in Africa, or was this before you were born and after you left home? I think it would be neat to spend time in another country besides my own, and to experience their culture and to learn a foreign language. I have never been outside the USA, not even to Canada.

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