When you were growing up did you ever hear someone say, “watch your mouth?” Usually this was said when someone said something disrespectful or out of line but today I want to put a different spin on it.
I learned a long time ago that there is “life and death in the power of the tongue” so as adults we still need to watch what we say. Our words are powerful and what we speak, we believe. Not only that, the words we speak can either uplift or destroy. Contrary to the popular “sticks and stones” phrase, words do hurt and they have the power to leave scars that can take an entire lifetime to heal.
Let’s challenge each other! Can you go an entire week with actively watching the words you speak?
I think I do a pretty decent job of saying kind, uplifting words to others but I don’t always speak the greatness and power over myself and my situations. I often say things like:
“That’ll never happen.”
“Maybe this is how it’ll always be.”
“I can’t do it.”
“I don’t know how I’ll make it.”
If those are the things I tell myself everyday, should I be surprised if things don’t happen? Should I feel defeated as and when I fail? Think of words coming from your mouth as you birthing whatever it is that you’re speaking. Do you really want to give life to something that’s destructive?
Since we’re challenging each other, here are some things to keep in mind throughout the week.
1. Think before you speak.
I know, so cliche’ but so true. Before you speak a word, truly think about it. Meditate on it. Ask yourself if what you’re saying has the power of life (encouraging, motivating, inspiring, positive, etc.) or if it has the power of death (harmful, negative, doubt, worry, anxiety, etc.). When we think before we speak we find that a lot of things can go without being said.
2. Feed your spirit.
What goes in must come out. If you’re feeding your spirit/inner being trash and negativity, that’s what will come out of you. Have you ever noticed that mean-spirited and hateful people are usually suffering from some internal issue? We have to be conscious of what we’re watching and listening to because it can steer us in either a positive or negative direction. I remember distinctly watching a reality show marathon and then arguing with my boyfriend. I had to stop and apologize and tell him that the show had made me aggressive and argumentative that day.
3. Start small.
When we’re trying to change a habit we have a tendency to want to change everything in one day. It doesn’t work like that and it’s OK. Going through a process or struggle is beautiful because you can document your growth at the end because you’ll be reminded of what you conquered on the path to get there. You can start small by not indulging in gossip on your lunch break. When you wake up in the morning, say a prayer and listen to uplifting music.